Maldivian Elections Commission says all journalists who met visa conditions were allowed entry

Maldivian Elections Commission says all journalists who met visa conditions were allowed entry

Male, September 13 ( The Maldivian Elections Commission said in a statement on Thursday that it has allowed all journalists’ applications for covering the September 23 Presidential election which had fulfilled the stated conditions.

“The Commission received 37 applications within the given timeframe (June 26 to August 14 2018), out of which 11 were rejected due to insufficient documentation. Further, any applications submitted after the deadline was rejected,” the statement  said.

International journalists are allowed to monitor the elections provided they meet the visa requirements including the timeframe for application.

“The commission notes with concern the false allegations circulating in the media regarding international media coverage of the Presidential Elections, in a manner that may create concern and mistrust within the public and our international partners at such a crucial time for the country,” the release added.

“The Commission reaffirms its commitment to afford the opportunity to any international media personnel to take part in observing the elections as long as the necessary requirements have been met.”

“The Elections Commission reiterates that it will follow all required legal procedures to ensure that all eligible media representatives will be given the opportunity to cover the Presidential Election held on 23rd September 2018.”

“Thus, the Commission calls upon all parties to refrain from spreading misinformation regarding the election processes which may create mistrust in the public and our international partners, and support the Commission in its commitment to hold free, fair, impartial, and transparent elections.”

(The featured image at the top shows Ahmed Shareef Adam, Maldivian Elections Commissioner)

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