|Supporters of Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) candidate Mohammad Nasheed take part in a rally in Male, capital of Maldives, Oct. 18, 2013. With less than 24 hours to go, it is highly unlikely that the embattled Maldives presidential elections will be held as scheduled and are likely to be postponed for the second time after two of the three candidates refused to sign an all-important electoral list, an official said here on Friday. (Xinhua/Zheng Huansong)
MALE, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- The Presidential election in the Maldives that would have been held as scheduled on Saturday will not take place, said an official of Elections Commission here Saturday.
Fuad Thaufeeq, president of the Elections Commission, told a press conference that at least three weeks, or 21 days will be needed for them to manage new arrangements to hold the election again.
He said that after the events that unfolded today, the police now has the power to allow, or deny, the elections commission to continue their election effort.
Deadlocked candidates' outweigh international calls to hold Maldives presidential elections
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. Full story
Embattled Maldives presidential polls likely to be delayed again
COLOMBO, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- With less than 24 hours to go it is highly unlikely that the embattled Maldives presidential elections will be held as scheduled and are likely to be postponed for the second time after two of the three candidates refused to sign an all-important electoral list, an official said here on Friday.
Maldives Elections Commissioner Fuwad Thowfeek told reporters that since the presidential candidates of the Jumhoory Party (JP) and Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) have refused to sign off on the Electoral List, there is inadequate time to prepare for voting on Oct. 19. Full story
Maldives president urged to push ahead with presidential polls
MALE, Maldives, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- As the standoff between two presidential candidates created uncertainty over polling on Saturday Maldives president Mohamed Waheed was criticized by his predecessor on Friday for not pushing ahead with the polling.
Former President Mohammad Nasheed called for incumbent President Waheed to become "engaged" in the election process after meeting with the Elections Commissioner to discuss how to proceed with polling after two presidential candidates refused to sign all-important electoral lists. Full story
News Analysis: Uncertainty still hangs on Maldives' fresh presidential polls on Saturday
MALE, Oct. 18 (Xinhua)-- There is still a cloud of uncertainty as to whether the fresh presidential polls scheduled for Saturday would push through after candidates continued their wrangling Friday, just a day before the actual balloting.
If the new polls would be postponed, it could plunge the idyllic Indian Ocean group of islands into another political deadlock. Full story