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.
“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.
“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.
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”.
“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 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.
“The police just checked whether the doll was real [fanditha],” MDP Kanditheemu Campaign Manager Mohamed ‘Mox’ Fahumee told Minivan News today (September 9). “They did not actually want to get involved in such [black magic related] things.”
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.