MALE, Maldives Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- It is now all but certain that Maldives presidential elections will not be held as scheduled on Saturday despite the international community led by India and the U.S. urged polls to be held even if the list is not signed by all the candidates, local media reported.
Meanwhile Gasim holding a press conference insisted that polling would be "unlawful" unless all three parties sign the electoral list.
"If an election is held on Saturday in violation of the Supreme Court ruling, it is without doubt an unlawful election. We cannot give space for such an election. And how can we support such an election?" Gasim asked adding his party needed at least another two days to verify the lists.
The Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) has also refused to sign the list and joined the JP saying there is "no hope" for voting.
PPM Deputy Leader Raheem Abdulla told media that the elections could not be held unless the requirements put in place by the Supreme Court are met, especially signing the electoral list.
However, former President Mohammad Nasheed who won the previous round of polling held on 7 September signed the lists on Friday and called for his rivals to do the same.
The international community led by regional super power India, U.S. and the Commonwealth have urged the Elections Commission to go ahead with the polls.
"We once again urge the Government of Maldives and the Presidential candidates to make all efforts to hold elections on 19 October 2013 so that a new President is elected before 11 November 2013 as stipulated in the Maldives' Constitution," the Indian High Commission in Male said in a statement.
Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh also arrived in Male on Wednesday and had a round of talks with candidates in an effort to push ahead with polling.
The U.S. also urged political leaders to come together to ensure free, fair, credible and inclusive elections can take place peacefully and in line with international standards.
The U.S embassy in Sri Lanka pointed out that a new president is required to be sworn in by November 11, under the constitution.
"Further efforts to delay the electoral process could undermine the will of the people to choose their representative," the statement said.
"The Electoral Commission has made concerted efforts to comply with the Supreme Court's requirements for a new first round, including the re-registration of thousands of voters."
Supreme Court had annulled the first round of elections, which were held on 7 September and ordered fresh polls after hearing a petition on allegations of electoral fraud made by third placed candidate Ibrahim Gasim.
Nonetheless over a thousand international and local monitors had pronounced the vote to be free and fair.
Political wrangling has best the idyllic Indian Ocean islands since Nasheed was ousted from power in February 2012 in what he has alleged was a coup.