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06 April 2019, MVT 09:10
A special operation by police "Operation Blue Tide" is underway to maintain security for the parliamentary elections. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED / MIHAARU
Police officers monitor and control traffic on the streets of Male' on the day of 2019 Parliamentary Election. PHOTO/POLICE
06 April 2019, MVT 09:10

Maldives Police Service has tasked over 2,000 officers for its election day 'Operation Blue Tide', with maintaining security during the electoral process, on Tuesday.

On March 28, during a press conference held to detail, the preparations were undertaken by Police, Election Security Commander Chief Superintendent of Police Abdulla Shareef stated that no one would be allowed to enter the premises where ballots are kept without permission from Police.

Latest updates of the Police operation will be available from their live blog.

President of Elections Commission Ahmed Shareef stated officers have already been deployed at all the locations allocated for ballot boxes, and they will be operating in the area when the voting is in progress.

Police stated that so far, the situation in the country is good.

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Police revealed that two cases were submitted regarding the parliamentary elections. The cases are currently under investigation.

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Police arrested a 36-year-old voter suspected of taking pictures of his ballot paper in Villingili, Gaafu Alif Atoll.

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Three additional individuals were arrested from polling stations in Feydhoo School, Addu City, over photographing their ballot papers after voting.

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Police officers monitor and control traffic on the streets of Male' on the day of 2019 Parliamentary Election. PHOTO/POLICE

Police are monitoring traffic flow in the vicinities of polling stations to ensure public safety during voting.

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An individual from Madaveli, Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll was summoned for questioning over photographing their ballot paper. Additionally, Police summoned two voters from Rathafadhoo, Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, and one voter from Faresmaathodaa, Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, who displayed their ballot papers after voting.

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Police aiding an elderly voter at a polling station in Alifushi, Raa Atoll. PHOTO: POLICE TWITTER

Police personnel operating around polling stations will aid disabled and elderly voters.

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As voting continues all over the Maldives, Police reports that the situation of the country is good.

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