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Police Commissioner denies obstructing election thumbnail

Police Commissioner denies obstructing election

Commissioner of Police Abdulla Riyaz dismissed as “excuses” the allegations by EC Chair Fuwad Thowfeek that police had blocked the re-scheduled presidential election on October 19, contending that the commission “was not properly prepared.”


Five arrested for obstruction, as police clear sit down protests thumbnail

Five arrested for obstruction, as police clear sit down protests

Police have arrested five men for allegedly obstruction police while they were trying to open to the roads closed by Maldivian Democratic Party in protest over the cancellation of presidential elections by police on Saturday.


Elections Commissioner slams Supreme Court, police, PPM, JP over annulment of first round thumbnail

Elections Commissioner slams Supreme Court, police, PPM, JP over annulment of first round

Elections Commission President Fuwad Thowfeek has criticized the Supreme Court, the government, the police, Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) and the Jumhooree Party (JP) over the annulment of the first round of presidential elections held on September 7, the Supreme Court’s 16 guidelines for a revote and halt of the elections hours before polls were to open on Saturday morning.


Nasheed calls for Waheed to resign, transitional government to oversee elections under Speaker before Nov 11 thumbnail

Nasheed calls for Waheed to resign, transitional government to oversee elections under Speaker before Nov 11

President Mohamed Waheed raised the prospect of resignation himself in an interview yesterday with The Hindu, stating that while it was not in the interest of the country “to have an election forced on it”, he had no interest in remaining in power beyond November 11.


Social media storm surrounds “national hero” Thowfeek thumbnail

Social media storm surrounds “national hero” Thowfeek

Elections Commissioner Fuwad Thowfeek has remained resolute as plaudits and critics alike take to social media to comment on his role in attempts to hold the presidential election. “I will not bow down and go home. Because I do not see it as a solution to the problem. I will renew my hopes. I will give my maximum strength until an election is decided. People are hungry for elections,” he said.


“We should be angry, not disheartened”: Nasheed thumbnail

“We should be angry, not disheartened”: Nasheed

“I assure you, we will not step back. They can beat us. They can arrest us, but this ideology cannot be erased. We will establish good governance in the Maldives,” the former president told Maldivian Democratic Party supporters as they continued to occupy the main road of the capital Male’.


October 19 election to proceed as planned: Elections Commission thumbnail

October 19 election to proceed as planned: Elections Commission

With just hours to go before polls are scheduled to open and with the voter lists still unsigned by two of the three candidates, the Elections Commission has held a press conference to declare that voting will proceed as planned.


JP and PPM request Supreme Court order further delaying Saturday’s election thumbnail

JP and PPM request Supreme Court order further delaying Saturday’s election

After refusing to sign the amended voter registry for tomorrow’s re-scheduled presidential election, two of the three parties fielding candidates have filed requests with the Supreme Court asking that the election be prevented should they not sign the new lists.


“Which Maldivian would accept an election in which the voter registry is tampered with?” asks Gasim thumbnail

“Which Maldivian would accept an election in which the voter registry is tampered with?” asks Gasim

The Jumhooree Party has joined the Progressive Party of the Maldives in refusing to approve the presidential election’s voter registry, narrowing the chances for elections to proceed as planned tomorrow (October 19). The party has said it will need two days to check the list.


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