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No chance for vote rigging or deception in election: EC

Fathmath Shaahunaz
04 April 2019, MVT 14:45
Elections Commission's President Ahmed Shareef (R) speaks at the press conference regarding the Parliamentary Election to be held April 6, 2019. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
04 April 2019, MVT 14:45

Elections Commission (EC) on Thursday declared that there would not be any chances for vote rigging or deception in the parliamentary election slated for April 6.

Speaking at a press conference held to disseminate information on the EC's preparations for the election, the commission's President Ahmed Shareef made the statement in remark to an inquiry posed by a reporter.

"Those who lose an election, in any part of the world, always have something to say. Our legal team is fully prepared for such situations", he said.

Shareef requested the public's full cooperation in order to ensure that polling proceeds as peacefully as the 2018 Presidential Election. He stated that cooperation from political parties, candidates and their supporters is of particular importance.

He shared that the EC has completed all administrative works and preparations for the election.

Asserting that the commission would not violate the Elections General Act, Shareef added that the polling stations will announce the results of each ballot box and publicise the result sheets.

There are 264,589 eligible voters for the upcoming election, with 386 candidates contesting for the 87 constituencies. EC will place total 501 ballot boxes in both Maldives and overseas.

Former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, who lost the 2018 Presidential Election to incumbent President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih by a wide margin, had alleged vote rigging and filed at the Supreme Court to annul the results. However, the apex court ruled that there were no grounds to do so.

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