Global Campaigns Director and Co-Founder of 350.org Will Bates argues that former President Nasheed’s efforts to raise climate change awareness in a democratic environment can continue to provide an example to others as the IPCC’s most recent findings confirm that urgent action is needed the world-over.
By obstructing the Elections Commission from carrying out its constitutionally mandated responsibilities, the HRCM contended that the police deprived Maldivian citizens of their right to vote and “robbed the Elections Commission of its legal status.”
Re-registration scheduled for Thursday and Friday (Oct 24, 25). Voter registry to be finalized and sent for candidate signatures on November 5 and 6. Voters who re-registered for the cancelled October 19 polls and do not wish to change registration status will not have to submit forms.
Those guidelines included holding the election before October 20, as well as demanding that all parties sign the voter lists, effectively giving presidential candidates power of veto.
The Maldives is now waiting nervously to see if a vote can be held ahead of the deadline, and if so, what the result will be and if it will be respected, writes Ben Jefferson.
China has called for “national stability and social development” to be maintained in the Maldives, in a rare official statement on the country from its Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
After the reluctance of politicians to sign the register resulted in the delay of the previous poll, the Elections Commission Vice Chair Ahmed Fayaz noted that candidates will be given a specific time period to sign the voter registry, after which the commission will continue with the election.
Police said the Supreme Court did not share any data or technical information from the Elections Commission that could have been used to access the commission’s web server with the police forensic team assisting the apex court in examining evidence during the election annulment case.
“We, the two coalitions, remain steadfast. God willing, there will be no election in the Maldives at this time unless it is an election that follows the SC guidelines,” said Sheikh Imran Abdulla.