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No major issues expected in local elections: Maldives pres

Aishath Mihna Nasih
06 May 2017, MVT 15:35
President Abdulla Yameen pictured voting at the Local Council Election PHOTO:Nishan Ali/Mihaaru
Aishath Mihna Nasih
06 May 2017, MVT 15:35

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom proclaimed that no major issues are expected to arise in the Local Council Elections 2017 since the Elections Commission has fully completed all preparations.

Talking to reporters after voting early Saturday, the president said that minor issues like mix up of ballot boxes which arose early morning have now been brought to the attention of the Elections Commission.

Noting that an election should not create mayhem among the public, President Yameen stressed that the election must be fair and independent.

“Democracy is showing the individual’s decision through vote, hence there is no reason for turmoil to be created,” added President Yameen.

In addition, he noted that foreign monitors have also been invited to monitor the election and therefore no issues should arise if everything goes smoothly.

So far, the Elections Commission has declared that no serious complaints have been reported. However, minor issues such as long queues and being forced to wait in the hot sun have been reported.

A total of 255,987 people are registered as eligible for voting in the election, while 13 out of 653 candidates have been guaranteed seats for various reasons.

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