Maldives Election Body Sets Sept Date For Presidential Election

www.oann.com | 1/2/2014 | Staff
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MALE (Reuters) – Maldives presidential election will be held in September, the country’s Election Commission chief said late on Friday, a week after the European Union and some Western nations urged the country to hold a transparent, credible poll.

The Maldives, home to 400,000 people and best known as a tropical paradise for tourists, has experienced political unrest since Mohamed Nasheed, its first democratically elected leader, was forced to quit amid a mutiny by police in 2012.

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Nasheed, the sole candidate in last week’s primary election held by his Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), was convicted of terrorism charges in 2015 and sentenced to 13 years in prison after a controversial and widely criticized trial.

Maldives police executing a court order last week disrupted the MDP’s effort to pick Nasheed as its candidate for the election.

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Elections Commission chief Ahmed Shareef said the 2018 presidential poll will be held on Sept. 23 in “the most transparent and open” manner.

Shareef said observers from eight countries and the EU and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) would be invited.

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“Unlike previous elections this election will be fully trusted by the people. We will not be withholding any information other than what we have to keep secret lawfully,” he told reporters in Male.

The election will be held amid widespread criticism of civil and political rights abuses by President Abdulla Yameen’s government, with opposition leaders either in exile or behind bars, and a crackdown on media and activists.

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