MALE, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- The president of Maldives on Saturday urged the Elections Commission to restart the delayed presidential election on Oct. 26.
In a statement released by the President's Office, President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik expressed his regret that the presidential election could not be held as scheduled and restated his commitment to holding a free, fair, and inclusive election.
"The president is fully committed to holding a free, fair, and inclusive election, where none of the candidates boycott it," the statement said.
Maldives elections commissioner called off the presidential polls just an hour ahead of voting on Saturday morning, citing technical wrangling over the electoral list by two candidates and lack of support from the police.
A previous round of voting held on Sept. 7 was annulled by the Supreme Court after two candidates alleged mass scale vote rigging despite international monitors saying polling was free and fair.
In the statement, the president further called on the Elections Commission to consult with the candidates, and find a way out for the deadlock to have the election be held as early as possible, " preferably on Saturday, Oct. 26 2013."
The president also called on all three candidates and political parties to fix out the current disagreement.
The Maldives has been under the cloud of political wrangling since former President Mohammad Nasheed was controversially ousted from power in February 2012.
Nasheed, who won the first round of polling on Sept. 7 by bagging 45.45 percent of the votes, was the only candidate to sign the electoral list and urge for elections to be held on time.