Annulling the election based on a secret and unreleased police report, the Supreme Court chastised the Elections Commission for “negligence” and ordered it to hold fresh elections by October 20, giving police a substantive role in handling the logistics and security of the election and ballot papers.
“Transparency Maldives has always played an active and constructive role in advocating for government transparency and accountability. We call on the authorities to ensure the safety of its staff and volunteers,” stated Transparency International.
The MNDF said that rather than being a reaction to a specific threat, the military had decided to assign officers to guard a number of media stations immediately following the arson attack that destroyed Raajje’s offices in Male’ this morning.
“We have to start from zero. But Raajje TV will never die,” said station’s News Head Ibrahim ‘Asward’ Waheed, who was himself hospitalised with near-fatal head injuries in February after being attacked by assailants with an iron bar.
The Supreme Court’s ruling on the annulment of the presidential election first round has been delayed for the second time today, now being scheduled for 8:00pm this evening.
Six masked men forcefully entered the seven story building after stabbing the security guard with a machete, before breaking through a reinforced steel door, dousing the station and its equipment in petrol, and setting it alight.
“The diﬃculties in accessing long-term foreign funds to ﬁnance the budget deﬁcit resulted in the government resorting to the Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA) and other domestic sources to ﬁnance its growing deﬁcit,” the central bank revealed in its mid-year economic bulletin.
Saturday night’s rally – which started from the party’s rally grounds near the Tsunami monument – split up into three different groups while walking down the main road of Majeedhee Magu.
The Supreme Court order to delay the election “is one that creates dangers for the nation and its citizens and creates challenges from a national security point of view”, according to a leaked ‘letter of concern’ from senior Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) officers to their superiors. The letter has led to dismissals, suspensions, resignations, and amended regulations to prevent “upheaval and chaos”.