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Over 25,000 re-registration forms submitted for runoff polls

Mohamed Rehan
17 September 2023, MVT 14:57
Deputy President of the Elections Commission (EC) Ismail Habeeb--
Mohamed Rehan
17 September 2023, MVT 14:57

The Elections Commission (EC) has reported that they have received over 25,000 voters' re-registration forms in preparation for the presidential runoff election scheduled for September 30.

The commission reports receiving a total of 9,206 re-registration applications last Friday, September 15 when re-registration was first opened.

EC Vice Chief Ismail Habeeb confirmed receiving another 18,349 applications on Saturday, September 16.

The commission received a total of 25,493 applications within two days since the re-registration window was opened, while Habeeb said that the majority of these applications were submitted online.

Habeeb confirmed approving 10,271 out of the total re-registration forms received to EC with 1,546 rejections.

"We reject applications due to insufficient information. Pending status is visible for forms submitted online since their verification is ongoing," Habeeb said.

To confirm validity of the forms, voters will receive re-registration status messages to their mobile phones.

Voters are unlikely to get re-registered to their preferred ballot stations if they do not submit applications before 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 17.

Over 50,000 eligible voters did not cast their ballots in the first round of the elections.

As voters re-register for the runoff polls, allegations have surfaced suggesting that several of these applications have been submitted without the knowledge or consent of the voters, potentially infringing upon their right to vote.

EC advised the constituents to confirm their voting venue to avoid such setbacks.

Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and People's National Congress (PNC) coalition's candidate Dr. Mohamed Muizzu and Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih are set to face off in the second round of the elections.

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