Election Updates 2023

Live Updates from Election Day 2023

Live Results

Victory for Muizzu

Solih

MDP

Muizzu

PPM/PNC

Key Information

  • Polling Opens: 0800 hrs
  • Polling Closes: 1700 hrs
  • Eligible Voters: 282,395 voters
  • New Voters: 27,006 voters
  • No. of Ballot Boxes: 586 Ballot Boxes

Muizzu Projected to Win Presidency

Results from the runoff of the Presidential Elections that pit incumbent Ibrahim Mohamed Solih of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) against opposition Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) endorsed People National Congress (PNC) candidate Dr. Mohamed Muizzu show the latter is projected to helm the nation for the next five years.

Muizzu, who also secured the top spot in the first round is projected to win the runoff, as provisional results indicate a 15,000 vote difference between the two candidates.

Muizzu has won over 100,000 votes of the 487 ballot boxes counted out of the 586 boxes placed in Maldives. Solih won 85,000, placing a sizable 15,000 difference between the two candidates.

Neither party has declared a win or conceded so far.

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Vote Counting Begins, Early Results Start To Come In

Polls closed at 5 p.m. across the country, and officials at polling stations began counting ballots at 5:30 p.m., according to the Elections Commission.

Early results have already started to come in.

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Police Spring to Action After Reported Targeting of MPs

Police have announced that they are taking steps to increase election security by ramping up measures against acts of intimidation and threats by “criminal groups”. They would seek to ensure the security of the election and the safety of the public, the police said.

“The police have taken the necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of the public by strengthening election security measures,” the police said in a statement. Such investigations will be pursued rigorously, the agency said.

“There have been reports of threats and intimidation of some by members of such groups [gangs] and attacks on some people involved in election-related activities today,” the police said. 

The police investigation on gangs comes at a time when the Member of Parliament for the Maradhoo constituency, Ibrahim Shareef, and the MP for the Feydhoo constituency, Mohamed Nihad, are reported to have been the subjects of such targeted attacks.

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Voter Turnout Hits 70%

Voter turnout continues to increase in the ongoing presidential election runoff and is expected to surpass the first round held on 9 September.

The contest pits Malé Mayor Mohamed Muizzu, representing the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and the People's National Congress (PNC), against incumbent President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, who is the candidate of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).

The first round of the presidential elections saw Muizzu secure 46 percent of the vote, emerging as the frontrunner. President Solih, who has been in office since November 2018, garnered 39 percent of the vote.

As of 3 p.m., the voter turnout stood at 70.37%, according to the Elections Commission (EC). Data released shows 199,023 people, including 98,863 men and 100,160 women, had voted by 3 p.m. A total of 83,781 people, accounting to 29.63% of total eligible voters, have yet to cast their ballots. As of 2 p.m., nearly 61% of voters had turned out, per EC statistics.

A total of 282,804 people, including 144,410 females and 138,394 males, are eligible to vote in the election.

Polls are set to close at 5 p.m. local time, and provisional results are expected later this evening.

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Election Official Dismissed in Laamu Atoll Amid Generally Well-Organised Runoff

An election official at the Number-3 ballot box in Fonadhoo of Laamu Atoll was dismissed for distributing scribbled ballot papers. While this incident raises concerns, Transparency Maldives, an observer agency, has commended the overall organisation of the election, noting improvements compared to the first round.

The dismissal followed a complaint from a voter who received two ballot papers, each of which contained additional markings. According to Elections Commission (EC) regulations, ballots with any extra markings are null and void.

Elections Commission vice chief Ismail Habeeb told local media that voting at the concerned polling station was temporarily halted. “Once [the official] was removed from their roles, no other matters need to be addressed,” said Habeeb. Voting resumed with a new ballot box to maintain transparency.

Transparency Maldives released a statement indicating that the preparations for the runoff election were generally well-executed. The agency reported that 94 of the polling stations opened within 10 minutes after the scheduled start time of 8 a.m., while 54% of stations were operational between 8 a.m. and 08:30 a.m.

The organisation’s observers found that measures were in place to ensure a secret ballot at 96% of polling stations. At the remaining 4%, however, the assurance for a secret ballot was somewhat ambiguous. Transparency Maldives has dispatched a total of 490 observers and 297 volunteers across various polling stations.

The election sees President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih competing for re-election against opposition PPM-PNC candidate Dr. Mohamed Muizzu. Both have urged Maldivians to vote, underscoring it as a civic duty.

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Voter Turnout Grows Amidst High Stakes

By: Andrew Richards

The presidential runoff has seen a steady increase in voter turnout throughout the morning, as both the ruling party and opposition candidates exercised their civic rights.

The Elections Commission (EC), Human Rights Commission, and leading figures have reiterated the importance of the vote, as the nation decides between incumbent President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and opposition candidate Dr. Mohamed Muizzu.

Voters started queuing early at polling stations before they officially opened at 08:00 am. The EC, keen on maintaining the scheduled timing, warned that polling will close precisely at 05:00 pm, urging citizens to cast their votes without delay.

By 08:16 am, Vice Chairman of the EC, Ismail Habeeb, confirmed that over 80% of polling stations had commenced operations. The Human Rights Commission of Maldives (HRCM) also weighed in, underlining that voting is a constitutional right for Maldivians above 18 and a civic duty for all. 

Dr. Mohamed Muizzu, the presidential candidate for the opposition PPM-PNC alliance, was amongst the early birds, casting his vote, along with his running mate, Faresmaathodaa MP Hussain Mohamed Latheef (Sembe).

Speaking to the press, Muizzu called upon all eligible voters to make their voices heard at the ballot box.

First Lady Fazna Ahmed and President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, contesting for re-election, also cast their ballots, with President Solih expressing confidence in a victory. He anticipates a voter turnout between 85-86% and clarified that his party had maintained clean hands in all election-related activities.

As of 10:00 am, the voter turnout stood at 23%, according to the EC. Within the first two hours, 65,600 people, including 38,309 men and 27,291 women, had cast their ballots. A large portion of the electorate, 76% or 217,204 eligible voters, have yet to vote. This statistic builds upon the earlier data, which revealed that by 09:00 am, 12% of voters had turned out, leaving 87% of the electorate still to vote.

The EC noted that polling had started in all stations except those in London and Abu Dhabi, and no disturbances had been reported.

 

 

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What Observers Said Before

By: Andrew Richards

As voters in the Maldives head to the polls for the second round of the presidential elections, attention has been drawn to the preliminary observations and critiques from three leading observer groups. Their initial feedback on the first round of voting, held on 9 September 2023, will likely influence the conduct and oversight of today’s runoff.

Observations from the European Union

In a statement released following the first round, Nacho Sánchez Amor, Chief Observer from the European Union, commended the Elections Commission of Maldives (EC) for its impartial and professional conduct. However, he noted certain imbalances, such as allegations regarding the use of state resources in the pre-election period. He also called for greater regulation and transparency in campaign financing, while urging for enhanced representation of women in Maldivian politics.

Views of the Commonwealth Observer Group

The Commonwealth Observer Group, led by former Seychellois President H.E. Danny Faure, applauded the Maldivian electorate and the ECM for their role in the peaceful first round. Yet, they too raised several concerns. Issues such as vote-buying, misuse of state resources, and the need for improved civic education were identified as areas needing attention.

Feedback from Transparency Maldives

Transparency Maldives, utilising an expansive network of more than 400 volunteers and observers, provided some of the most granular data on the first-round election proceedings. The organisation highlighted issues such as temporary halts in voting at 8% of polling stations and mentioned a few isolated instances of violence. However, they confirmed the overall peaceful nature of the election.

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Voters to be Marked on Left Ring Finger, Increased Observers Deployed

By: Andrew Richards

As the voting beings for the second round of the presidential election, the Elections Commission of the Maldives (EC) has introduced changes to voter identification and ramped up the number of officials and observers overseeing the electoral process.

In the runoff, voters who have exercised their voting right will be identified by a mark on their left-hand ring finger, in contrast to the first round where voters were marked on the left index finger. 

This change complies with the Elections General Act, which mandates a different finger to be marked for elections held in quick succession. Durable markers will be used to facilitate the identification process.

A total of 12,083 observers, monitors, and candidate representatives will be active in the second round — an increase of 3,012 compared to the first round. EC has also announced that 5,429 election officials will be active, marking an increase from 4,968 in the first round. 

All have been deployed to their designated islands, and refresher training courses have been conducted to address issues identified during the first round, such as queue management and ballot verification.

In response to challenges faced due to space constraints in the first round, the EC has changed the locations of some polling stations. The commission has invested effort in ensuring that these new locations are better suited to manage the increased turnout expected for the runoff.

A total of 282,804 individuals are eligible to vote in today’s election, including 409 newly registered voters. The EC has printed 285,631 ballot papers, a modest increase from the 285,219 in the first round, meeting regulations that require each ballot box to receive a surplus of papers exceeding the actual number of voters by 1%.

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Voting Begins in High-Stakes Presidential Election Runoff

By: Andrew Richards

Voters headed to the polls on Saturday for a highly anticipated presidential election runoff, following a fervent electoral battle that saw a record eight candidates face off in the first round. 

A total of 282,804 eligible voters, including 144,410 female and 138,394 male voters, are expected to exercise their democratic rights in a contest that has tightened considerably in its runoff.

Dr Mohamed Muizzu, the presidential candidate for the opposition People’s National Congress (PNC), is facing off against incumbent President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP). Muizzu led the first round of voting earlier this month with 46.06% of the vote, while President Solih secured 39.05%, setting the stage for today’s decisive showdown.

Speaking at a joint press conference held last night, Ismail Habeeb, the Vice Chairperson of the Elections Commission (EC), emphasised the importance of uninfluenced voting. “Every individual must choose who they will vote for, at their will, without bowing down to any influence,” Habeeb said. He also noted that arrangements at all polling stations have been meticulously designed to prevent undue influence on voters.

Fuad Thaufeeq, Chairperson of the EC, added a plea for peaceful conduct, saying, “We assure you there is no influence in the arrangements we have made. We also request full cooperation from the public to carry this out peacefully.”

In anticipation of today’s vote, the Maldives Police Service has raised its alert level to the highest degree. Under Operation Blue Wave, officers have been deployed across the islands and will remain on high alert until the results are announced. The police have requested the public to cooperate, follow traffic rules, and report any suspicious activities.

To facilitate the expatriate vote, the EC has set up ballot boxes in five countries: Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Trivandrum in India, Colombo in Sri Lanka, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, and London in the United Kingdom.

The polling stations in the Maldives will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time. Meanwhile, for international polling stations, voting times vary. In Abu Dhabi, voting will occur from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Trivandrum, Colombo, and London from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and in Kuala Lumpur from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Compared to the first round, which saw 282,395 eligible voters, today’s runoff has an additional 409 individuals on the voting register. To accommodate this increase, the EC has printed 285,631 ballot papers and increased the number of ballot boxes to 586, compared to 574 in the first round.

Both leading candidates have been active in their outreach efforts, courting supporters and political allies. While coalitions were suggested in the first round, notable parties and independent candidates have so far opted to not align with either Muizzu or Solih.

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Muizzu and Solih to Face Each Other in Runoff Election

The opposition coalition comprising the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and the People’s National Congress (PNC) has secured the top spot in Saturday's Presidential Election, with incumbent President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih trailing closely behind.

The two candidates are set to face off in a run-off election scheduled for September 30. Unlike previous elections, no clear "kingmaker" emerged from the first round of voting.

In the 2008 and 2013 elections, the Jumhooree Party (JP) secured the third spot, wielding significant influence over the second round. This year, the Maldivian Democratic Party's (MDP) breakaway faction, The Democrats, came in third with just over 11,000 votes, potentially providing President Solih with an opportunity for a second term.

However, the MDP and The Democrats currently have divergent views, with the latter campaigning on a "Anyone but Solih" platform during the first round.

JP's candidate Qasim Ibrahim, who held a kingmaker position in previous elections, failed to secure enough votes this time to influence the second round significantly. He had hinted that The Democrats might realign with their old allies for the run-off.

Muizzu held a 6% lead over Solih and could secure victory in the second round if he gains the backing of The Democrats.

Saturday's election set a new low for voter turnout in the country's democratic history. Of the 282,395 registered voters, only around 75% went to the polls in an election that also saw a record number of candidates.

Historical data reveals a downward trend in voter engagement. In the country's first democratic election in 2008, turnout was at 86.5%. Subsequent elections maintained high turnout rates, reaching 91.4% in 2013 and 89.2% in 2018.

The only three candidates to surpass their registered party membership were Muizzu of the PPM/PNC, Solih of the MDP/JP/AP, and Labeeb of The Democrats.

Qasim, who has 22,607 registered members in his party, was unable to secure even 7,000 votes. Ahmed Faris Maumoon, who ran independently but is affiliated with the Maldives Reform Movement (MRM), and Mohamed Nazim, who has 9,828 members in his Maldives National Party (MNP), also failed to meet their membership thresholds.

Umar Naseer, who ran independently, came in fourth, and his supporters could be crucial for both leading candidates. Historically, Naseer has not endorsed any candidates in a run-off, but only time will tell if the 2023 Presidential Race will bring more surprises.

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Record Low Voter Turnout in Maldives' 2023 Presidential Election

The hotly contested 2023 Presidential Elections in the Maldives have set a new record for the lowest voter turnout in the nation's democratic history.

Of the 282,395 registered voters, only 75% went to the polls on September 9 in an election that also featured an unprecedented number of candidates.

The decline in turnout might be attributable to voter morale, which, in previous elections, was galvanised by a collective will to overthrow the incumbent.

This year, candidates and parties are contesting independently, lacking the common goal of removing the sitting president. This contrasts with earlier years, when opposition parties united behind a singular agenda.

Internal divisions within political parties could also be a contributing factor. The ruling Maldivian Democratic Party has split into two factions, with its breakaway group, The Democrats, running against them.

The largest opposition group, the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), and its affiliate, the People’s National Congress (PNC), faced disappointment when their paramount leader, former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, was barred from running due to a criminal conviction.

Disagreements over a proxy candidate for the PPM/PNC have led to internal discontent, potentially contributing to the low turnout.

Historical data shows a decline in voter engagement. In 2008, the first year the Maldives voted under a democratic constitution, the turnout was 86.5%. In subsequent elections, the country saw high engagement, with a turnout rate of 91.4% in 2013 and 89.2% in 2018.

As all ballot boxes are now closed, initial results indicate an extremely close race between incumbent Ibrahim Mohamed Solih of the MDP and Mohamed Muizzu of the PPM/PNC.

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Early results have started rolling in

The provisional results from the ballot boxes placed in resort islands have started to come in. However, voting is still continuing at some polling stations in Male' and rural areas.

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Polls Close in Malaysia, Count Begins

Voting in Malaysia began at 11am local time with polls initially packed with early voters but numbers soon petering down to a steady stream. The Icon Tower in Kuala Lumpur (KL) was host to the initial round of the presidential elections with three designated voting stations for those who had registered to vote in Malaysia.

Proceedings went smoothly with a steady stream of voters casting their ballots till polls closed at 7pm local time. 

Voters from as far as Australia had registered to vote in KL and had cast their vote today – as well as those from Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and other countries in the region.

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Polls close at 4pm

Polls closed at 4 p.m. (1100 GMT) across the country, according to the Elections Commission (EC). The electoral body says it has no plans to extend voting time. However, ballot boxes will remain open until all those queued by 4 p.m. have cast their votes.

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Brief Disruptions Observed at Some Polling Stations

Voting was briefly suspended following a series of disruptions in on Rasdhoo island of Alif Alif atoll.

Polling began on schedule at 8 a.m. in Rasdhoo but was halted around 10 a.m. following the removal of two observer’s who’s premits were revoked.

The Elections Commission (EC) revoked their permits for their participation in a candidate's campaign.

Ismail Habeeb, Vice Chief of the EC, insisted that the removal did not necessitate the cessation of voting. However, the voting centre remained closed for over two hours.

Residents reported that the conflict started due to allegations that officials representing the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) were improperly removed from the voting centre. Videos on social media show people trying to force their way into the voting centre, resulting in police intervention.

Elsewhere, in Thulhaadhoo island of Baa atoll, voting was temporarily halted after an individual was found to have taken a photograph while voting. Also, issues arose at the Special Needs Center in Guraidhoo island of Kaafu atoll, where residents were initially unable to vote but will be allowed to cast their ballots if registered, according to regulations.

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47.9% Voters Have Cast Ballots: EC

47.95 percent of the voters have cast their ballots as of 1300hrs, Elections Commission (EC) has said. EC Vice-President Ismail Habeeb told a media briefing that voting is proceeding peacefully, though there have been some issues in certain islands.

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Transparency Maldives Observes Smooth Opening of 2023 Presidential Election Polls

Transparency Maldives reports a smooth and effective opening of polling stations for the 2023 Presidential Election. With more than 400 observers and volunteers deployed across the nation and overseas, the organisation has its eyes set on ensuring a fair and transparent electoral process.

Since May 2023, Transparency Maldives has been closely monitoring the broader electoral and political climate leading up to the election day. Observations are being carried out at strategically chosen ballot boxes via a random sample, ensuring that the results are generalisable across the entire country.

The opening procedures at polling stations have been reported to be largely successful. By 9:00 am, all polling stations were officially open, with 85.8% opening within the first 10 minutes of the designated start time. The required materials for voting were present at all locations. All ballot papers were counted, reconciled, and all ballot boxes were verified as empty, ensuring a secure start to the voting process.

Candidates and parties also had a strong presence at the polling stations. At least one candidate or party observer was present at every observed polling station, with 89.5% having three or more. Observers from the PPM/PNC coalition were present at 72% of polling stations, while 71% and 34% had observers from the MDP/AP/MDA coalition and The Democrats, respectively.

Transparency Maldives noted that police were observed operating outside at 96% of the observed polling stations at the time of opening. Additionally, 97% of the polling stations were set up to ensure that the voting process remains a secret. The remaining 3% will be closely monitored.

Transparency Maldives encouraged all parties to maintain peace during the voting process and after the preliminary results are announced. They also urge those eligible to exercise their right to vote, assuring the public that their observers will be present throughout the entire electoral process.

Transparency Maldives has an expansive observation network that spans the capital city Malé, various atolls, resorts, industrial islands, and prisons. The network also extends internationally to Colombo, Sri Lanka, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The organisation expresses its gratitude to the numerous volunteers and observers who have shown dedication to the task of observing the electoral processes.

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Voter Turnout Hits 12.81% as 36,163 Cast Ballots

The Election Commission said that, as of 10:00 a.m., 36,163 individuals had voted nationwide, constituting 12.81% of eligible voters. Among these voters, 22,403 were male, while 13,760 were female.

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Voting Underway in Presidential Elections

Maldivians have commenced casting their votes in the presidential elections, which will determine the nation’s leader for the next five years.

Incumbent President Ibrahim Solih is seeking a second term in an election that has attracted the highest number of candidates since the introduction of multiparty elections in the country in 2008. He faces stiff competition from seven other candidates vying for the nation’s highest office.

Voters began queuing up at polling stations as early as 7:30 in the morning. Approximately 280,000 eligible voters, including 27,000 first-time voters, will participate in this election. Across the Maldives and select overseas locations, a total of 574 ballot boxes have been placed to facilitate the voting process.

Polling stations across the Maldives officially opened at 8 a.m. and voting will continue until 4 p.m.

A team of 165 observers, including representatives from the European Union and the Commonwealth, are in the country to oversee the election.

The provisional results are expected later on Saturday.

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Welcome to Our Live Coverage

Hello, and thank you for joining our live coverage. We'll be providing you with all the latest updates as Maldivians prepare to cast their votes in the presidential election to decide who will lead the country for the next five years.

News and analysis will be delivered by our teams in Male', Malaysia, and Sri Lanka, as well as our correspondents reporting from various locations across the Maldives.

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Addu Will Deliver First Round Win for MDP: Pres. Solih

This is undoubtedly a moment where Addu will deliver a historic first round ‘signed and sealed’ victory for him and the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) in the presidential election on Saturday, incumbent President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has said.

Speaking at the ‘Happy Addu’ rally in Hithadhoo, Solih remarked that the coming Saturday will be a historic day for the city.

“Addu’s long journey is coming to [fruition with] a happy and peaceful country,” he said.

Solih said that Addu has a very historic, and consistent, contribution to democracy in the Maldives and that the results are now evident, noting that the development the people had been asking for was being fulfilled.

“We are going to finish this. We are seeing the results of our efforts. We are experiencing the shade of the planted tree [just before] bearing fruit. Our next term is the season when Addu will bear fruit,” he said.

Solih said attention will be given towards developing Addu as a major hub.

“In my five years I worked to implement the manifesto. Today, the beautiful scenery [result] is evident across Addu. Land has been reclaimed, [land for] three resorts have been reclaimed, roads are being built. A permanent solution has been found for Shangri-La. Development of the Gan Airport only just got underway [in my administration]. Hankede is on the cusp development,” Solih said.

If voted in for a second term, Solih has pledged for additional developments in his ‘Happy Addu’ manifesto. If elected, he has pledged to Addu to complete all roads to modern standards, develop 1,000 housing units, facilitate housing loans, create modern sewerage systems, designate and develop an industrial zone, match State Trading Organisation (STO)’s prices for aggregate and river sand with those in Malé, develop the city as a modern business hub, promote eco-tourism, build a racetrack, construct an indoor sports complex, further develop the hospital, establish a picnic island, set up a center for marine studies, establish a center for disabilities, create parks and outdoor gyms, provide more opportunities for higher education, increase the capacity of the Maldives Industrial Fisheries Company (MIFCO), and more.

Solih said he is working with a vision to develop Addu with the aim of providing a prosperous life for all and make the people’s long-standing dream a reality.

“Saturday is a very important vote. It is the day to decide whether we will continue with what we have started or whether we will descend into chaos. It is very clear that Addu will end this in one round,” President Solih said.

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Qasim Urges Vote to Safeguard Maldives’ Economy and Independence

As the Maldives prepares to elect its leader for the next five years, Jumhooree Party (JP)’s presidential candidate Qasim Ibrahim has issued a heartfelt plea to the nation, emphasising the precarious state of the country’s economy and independence. In a letter addressed to all citizens, Qasim has urged them to cast their votes to ensure the future stability and security of the Maldives.

In his letter, Qasim expressed grave concerns over the nation’s mounting debt, which has already exceeded MVR 120 billion and is projected to soar to MVR 165 billion by the end of the next five years. According to his assessment, the Maldives faces the daunting task of repaying more than US$1 billion in debt alone by 2026.

“Unless someone knows how to repay and restructure these debts, this country cannot be saved. Like neighboring Sri Lanka, this country is not far from defaulting,” Qasim warned in his letter.

Additionally, Qasim alleged that the ruling parties have undermined and violated the Constitution and laws, and fostered an environment ripe for corruption.

Qasim called upon the electorate to vote for him in order to combat corruption and fraud, address the looming debt crisis, withdraw foreign troops from the Maldives, reclaim Maldivian waters allegedly “left to Mauritius,” and rejuvenate the nation’s faltering economy.

In his closing remarks, he implored citizens to place their trust in his experience and vote for him and his running mate to guide the country toward a brighter and more secure future.

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Cast Your Votes Before 12 Noon: Muizzu

The Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) endorsed People’s National Congress (PNC) candidate for president, and the current Malé Mayor, Dr Mohamed Muizzu, has appealed to voters to cast their votes before 12 noon in Saturday’s first round of the presidential elections.

Speaking at the opening of a PPM campaign office in Henveiru ward of Malé, Muizzu heavily implied that the voting period is often extended, at around 4 pm on voting days, citing low turnouts in order to otherwise influence the voting process.

This comes at a time when the opposition has repeatedly accused the government of trying to influence the vote.

“[The voting period] is extended to try to do what they can do within that time,” Muizzu said. 

Muizzu said that time for elections shenanigans, by extending the voting period to go beyond 4 p.m., should not be entertained.

“So don’t give [them] that opportunity this time. Everyone should go and finish voting by 12 o’clock. There is no need to wait to vote after then,” Muizzu said.

Muizzu urged election monitors to take their duties seriously and to keenly observe the proceedings near polling stations. He further rallied supporters to work extra hard, in the coming two days, to secure an election win.

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