Maldivian Prez Yameen’s party to go to court to get its election complaints probed

Maldivian Prez Yameen’s party to go to court to get its election complaints probed

Male, October 10 ( Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen’s Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) has announced that it will go to the court to get its complaints about the conduct of the September 23 Presidential election legally probed.

President Yameen was defeated in the Presidential election by the Joint Opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih by more than 38,000 votes. But he feels that the margin of defeat could not have been so huge and has alleged rigging.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the PPM said that the decision to seek legal recourse through the Supreme Court and the High Court was taken in accordance with the relevant articles of the Elections Act which said that elections related complaints could be probed only through a court order.

The PPM further said that it has been “overwhelmed with numerous genuine concerns related to the elections, including serious allegations of vote rigging, fraud, malpractice and corruption.”

The decision to seek legal recourse was taken by the party Council “to uphold the rights of the party’s members and more that 96,000 members of the general public who voted for the party’s candidate.”

The PPM said that all complaints have been filtered and examined  for authenticity by the party’s legal experts  and the matter has been submitted to the Maldives Police Service (MPS).

Though Yameen conceded defeat he said that he doubted if he could have been defeated by such a huge margin. He and his party suspected foul play and accused the five-member Elections Commission headed by Ahmed Shareef of corruption and rigging in ingenious ways, though Shareef was known to be an Yameen loyalist.

The transition of Maldives from a government led  by Yameen to one led by Solih has not been politically smooth so far, though the courts and the police and army seem to be performing their functions as per the law, and calm prevails among the population.