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EC chief rebuts allegations of members seeking asylum abroad

09 October 2018, MVT 21:16
EC's President Ahmed Shareef at a press conference regarding the Presidential Election 2018. PHOTO/MIHAARU
09 October 2018, MVT 21:16

The Elections Commission (EC) on Tuesday denied allegations that four of its leading members have sought asylum in Sri Lanka.

According to a statement given by EC's President Ahmed Shareef to local media Mihaaru, the members left the country after they began receiving death threats following the recently held presidential election.

Shareef guaranteed that the members, despite having left the country for their personal safety, have not been seeking asylum in Sri Lanka or any other country.

The ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) has rejected the election results which show that incumbent president, Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, lost by a wide margin to Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the opposition candidate.

PPM has accused EC of tampering with the results and continues to hold protests against the electoral watchdog in the capital city, Male'.

EC has declared that the protests are illegal and filed a case against PPM with the police.

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