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President files case against elections at Supreme Court

Rae Munavvar
10 October 2018, MVT 14:15
Rae Munavvar
10 October 2018, MVT 14:15

Incumbent President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, candidate for ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) in the recently held presidential elections 2018, filed a case against the validity of the election results on Wednesday at the Supreme Court of Maldives.

It was presented as a constitutional case to the apex court, based on statements regarding the polling that were made by supporters of President Yameen.

Attorney to the President and the President's Representative on the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) Mohamed Saleen (Reynis Saleem) stated that numerous concerns were raised by the supporters of PPM.

Saleem added that the decision to file the case was made in consideration of their statements.

According to a press statement released by PPM, various issues concerning the September 23rd presidential elections were brought forth by observers, monitors and other unidentified entities, to the ruling party.

"Based on these complaints, we as a party believe that, if there may be grounds to assert the loss of the party's electoral rights of presidential candidate and running mate, then the case must be filed".

In addition, the statement also declared the party's intent to file the case at the High Court as well as the Supreme Court.

PPM further stated that the case was filed in response to a statement made by the Maldives Police Service.

As per the ruling party, the complaints concerned issues of deceit and deception involving the printing of ballot papers, casting of votes, alleged use of unconstitutional means to vote and the final ballot counting process.

PPM iterated that, "Hence, we believe that it is the responsibility of our party [PPM] to protect the rights of our members and the rights of more than 96,000 people who had voted in favour of our candidate".

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