Maldives assures that Presidential election will be held as scheduled and that it will be free and fair

Maldives assures that Presidential election will be held as scheduled and that it will be free and fair

Male, August 14 (newsin.asia): The Government of Maldives has said that it is concerned about doubts and queries being raised by certain international partners as the country prepares to hold the Presidential election next month.

The Presidential Election would be held on 23 September 2018. Campaigning for the election is progressing smoothly in a peaceful environment and the Government is working closely with the Election Commission and all relevant stakeholders to ensure that the election is free, fair and credible,a Maldivian government said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Since the introduction of the multi-party democracy in 2008, all elections held, including those held during the term of the incumbent government, were declared by the international and local observers as free, fair and credible. The Election Commission of the Maldives has extended invitations to several international stakeholders including some key bilateral and multilateral development partners of the Maldives, to observe the Presidential Election next month. Hence, the Government believes that there is no room to doubt that the Presidential Election scheduled for September to be an exception,” the statement said.

“As genuine friends and partners of the Maldives, it is important for the international community to extend their full support and cooperation to the unrelenting efforts of the Government and the people of the Maldives in this endeavor. The Government of Maldives is confident that, as in the past, the election would be held in a cordial and peaceful environment.”

(The featured image at the top shows the Maldivian joint opposition candidate Ibrahim Solih on door to door campaigning)