Modernisation facilitated the positive social transformations that eventually produced democracy in the Maldives while international pressure for democratic reforms also played a significant role in democratisation, writes Ahmed Hamdhan.
“I am extremely confident that no one, no one can come out and show an original ballot paper. It is impossible for anyone to come up with an original ballot paper to prove that it went out of our hands,” Chair of Elections Commission Fuwad Thowfeek told the Supreme Court.
“They would not allow us to take notes or touch the list. We will find a solution through the legal process and seek an order through High Court again,” JP’s Legal Advisor Mohamed Haleem told Minivan News today.
A leaked police intelligence alleging opportunity for fraud and illegal voting in presidential polls is “baseless speculation,” MDP has said. AG Azima Shukoor has used the report’s findings in an ongoing Supreme Court case in the Jumhooree Party’s bid to annul the vote.
“There are always losers in every election,” declared Sir Donald McKinnon, while Transparency Maldives called on parties not to undermine the credibility of the results without evidence.
The MDP expressed concern with what it contended was Sheikh Shameem’s “incitement of hatred among the public with the intention of influencing the [presidential] election” and warned that NGOs “sowing discord in society for the undue political benefit of another party” could see the “increasing freedom of expression, economic development and civilisation of the present turn into the brutality and fear of the past.”
“Regarding the GMR issue, we worked very hard to do those things. This time everybody has decided to come out and raise their voices, we are ready to reform the Elections Commission,” said JP Event Coordinator and National Movement youth wing member Ahmed Ghaalib. “We are waiting on the Supreme Court ruling.”
Dr Saeed, who is leading the JP’s legal effort to annul the election result, told the Supreme Court that statements made by both local and international observers that the election had proceeded smoothly and freely did not reflect the reality of the situation.
Maldives Broadcasting Corporation Chairman Ibrahim Umar Manik told the committee that TVM cut the live feed of Salaf preacher Sheikh Adam Shameem Ibrahim “because his talk was changing a little”.