The Maldives’ second-ever multi-party democratic presidential election will take place tomorrow (September 7). With the campaigning deadline set at 6:00pm today, party supporters in the tens of thousands were out in full force to make every last second count.
There has been no shortage of pledges and promises in the run up to the elections. What are the various parties offering our children? Who will do best by them? International Child Rights and Child Protection expert Dr Mariya Ali provides a thorough analysis.
A young coconut suspected to have a ‘fanditha’ (black magic) curse, with Arabic writing and suspicious symbols burned into the husk, was found in the garden of a home located in Fuvahmulah’s Dhiguvaadu ward yesterday.
Minivan News takes the mood on the streets of Male’ two days prior to Saturday’s voting, however rainy forecasts may temper election enthusiasm with 40-60 percent chance of rain over the weekend.
“The four-inch coconut had a Sura [Qur'anic verse] written in Arabic and was lying on the ground near the school, easy for the public to see,” said a source from Guraidhoo with knowledge of the incident.
As teams across Male’ work to decorate the city in party colours before the presidential elections, Minivan News learned about the motivations of these ‘volunteers’. Idealism and loyalty came high on the list, but financial gain appears as important for many.
Government officials have described the awards as an obligation, and in keeping with the improved financial capability of the state. The opposition has called the schemes a return to ‘patronage’.
The Maldives national football team put ten past Sri Lanka in their first game in the 2013 South Asian Football Federation championship yesterday. Captain Ali Ashfaq scored six, becoming the competition’s all-time top goalscorer.
Azra Naseem visits the Jumhoree Coalition in an attempt to learn about the party’s election manifesto.