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EC warns parliament over VTV’s attempt to “incite uprising” against commission thumbnail

EC warns parliament over VTV’s attempt to “incite uprising” against commission

EC President Thowfeek also noted that statements he and EC Member Ali Mohamed Manik gave about the voter registry during the National Security Committee meeting had been taken out of context by local media.


Elections Commission announces final first round election results thumbnail

Elections Commission announces final first round election results

After attempts by multiple political parties to delay the official announcement, the Elections Commission has dismissed calls for a recount and confirmed the accuracy of the provisional results.


Guraidhoo Island Council stops ballot boxes inside schools citing “too much black magic” thumbnail

Guraidhoo Island Council stops ballot boxes inside schools citing “too much black magic”

“The islanders and parents are concerned that if the ballot boxes are kept inside the schools, the black magicians will target the schools and students will be affected,” said the council president.


Blood and money: stabbing attack follows campaign deal gone wrong thumbnail

Blood and money: stabbing attack follows campaign deal gone wrong

One of the Maldives’ first interpreters for the deaf, Shaheez Abdulla, interpreted last week’s election results on state television, just days after a stabbing attack that he alleges came as a result of one party’s pre-election campaigning.


National Security Committee investigating local media spreading JP’s claims against Elections Commission thumbnail

National Security Committee investigating local media spreading JP’s claims against Elections Commission

“The National Security Committee is concerned that the [presidential] contestants unfounded claims of corruption against the EC are a threat to national security,” Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) MP and Spokesperson Hamid Abdul Ghafoor told Minivan News today.


Police conduct witch hunt on Thakandhoo after children allegedly possessed by evil spirits thumbnail

Police conduct witch hunt on Thakandhoo after children allegedly possessed by evil spirits

“The police arrived yesterday and have been checking houses for black magic books, writing, or a witch – anything suspicious,” a Thakandhoo island resident told Minivan News.


Two arrested on Kulhudhufushi for allegedly printing ballot papers thumbnail

Two arrested on Kulhudhufushi for allegedly printing ballot papers

An island council member told Minivan News the ‘fake’ ballot papers were laminated and bigger than the actual papers, having been used by the MDP “to make people aware of what the ballot papers would look like”.


EC Chair dismisses JP allegations of vote rigging: “A small child would not believe what they are talking about” thumbnail

EC Chair dismisses JP allegations of vote rigging: “A small child would not believe what they are talking about”

“The allegations by the Jumhoree Party are wasting our time actually. They don’t understand democracy or how to accept defeat, it’s a very unfortunate thing,” Elections Commission Chair Fuwad Thowfeek told Minivan News. “We have readily provided whatever the JP has asked for, including soft copies [of results sheets from all 470 ballot boxes].”


Swedish national acquitted of charges related to death of British couple in quad bike crash thumbnail

Swedish national acquitted of charges related to death of British couple in quad bike crash

Swedish national Filip Eugen Petre has been acquitted of all charges pressed against him during a Criminal Court trial into his alleged role in a quad bike accident resulting in the death of a British couple at Kuredu Island Resort in August 2011.


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