Incumbent President and Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has expressed confidence in winning the runoff polls of the presidential election.
The runoff election commenced at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, September 30.
President Solih visited his designated polling station in Jamaluddin School to cast his ballot. After voting, he spoke with the media present on site, emphasizing that his victory depended on the voter turnout.
He added that the biggest challenge in the first round was the low voter turnout, which was below 80 percent.
"The biggest challenge for us during the previous round was the low voter turnout. God willing, we are observing a different outcome this time," president Solih said.
"I am fully confident of winning the runoff election".
President Solih estimated an 86 percent voter turnout in the second round, which he believes would guarantee him a significant victory over his opponent in the presidential race.
He further said that the errors made ahead of the first round have been rectified.
MDP's top priority for the 20 days that followed the first round was to reorganize campaign efforts for the second round.
The voter turnout in the first round is the lowest in a recent election.
President Solih's main opponent, Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and People's National Congress (PNC) coalition candidate Dr. Mohamed Muizzu took lead in the first round with 46 percent of the votes while the MDP candidate came in second with 39 percent votes.