Male, February 23 (newsin.asia): The Maldivian government on Thursday appealed to the international community to create conditions for holding a free and fair Presidential election in September this year and send observers to see how it is conducted.
“Warmly” welcoming the Elections Commission’s decision to begin preparations for the poll, a statement issued by the office of incumbent President Abdulla Yameen said: “ The Government of Maldives extends its invitation to all international stakeholders to observe the electoral process; and at the same time urges the international community to provide support and assistance in bringing back normalcy in the Maldives, and requests the international community to refrain from any actions that could hinder resolving the situation the country is facing.”
The statement further said that the Maldivian Government is committed to providing “ a free and stable environment to carry out campaigns which will lead up to this year’s Presidential Elections and reaffirmed hopes that all relevant stakeholders extends their support to this endeavor.”
“All elections after the ratification of the Constitution were accepted to be fair and free by all parties, and that the Government recommends all political parties and politicians alike to work towards making the upcoming elections free and fair, rather than engage in a battle to topple the Government and to destabilize the nation.”
“Free, fair and credible elections are the foundation of our democracy and that it is essential for continuity of our nation’s growth, stability and prosperity,” the statement added.