The Elections Commission (EC) has revealed that over 95,000 people have so far re-registered to vote in a different constitution from their native one, ahead of the upcoming presidential elections slated for September 23.
The electoral watchdog's chief, Ahmed Shareef, stated that the commission received over 95,000 re-registration forms during the allotted 26-day period, adding that the number is expected to increase as forms submitted through focal points in islands are yet to be processed.
Shareef stated that the total number of re-registered people will be revealed after two or three days as the commission is still processing all the submitted forms.
However, the EC Chief further stated that the number of people re-registered may also decrease after processing the forms as 95,000 is an estimated number on the forms submitted to the commission.
The commission also stated that some re-registration forms may be rejected due to issues during the verification process, and may cause a decline in the final number of re-registered people.
A total of 60,000 re-registry forms were submitted during the presidential elections in 2013. However, only 58,000 re-registry forms were accepted. There were a total of 239,165 eligible voters during the 2013 presidential election.
EC revealed that a period of three days will be given to file complaints after processing the submitted re-registry forms.
Due to concerns of possible foul play by political parties, EC had earlier decided that forms will be individually checked and verified by the police.
EC will be placing 491 ballot boxes for the presidential election slated for September 23, while 263,000 individuals have been listed as eligible to vote.