London, May 30 (newsin.asia): The former Maldivian President, Mohamed Nasheed has condemned incumbent President Abdulla Yameen for directing the police to confiscate ballot boxes across the nation during the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) Presidential primary vote on Wednesday.
“Yameen has forbidden television broadcasters to report on opposition candidates running in the elections, including myself,” Nasheed said in a statement.
“I commend the bravery of Maldivians who came out to vote, and those who creatively thwarted the efforts by the government to quash the MDP Presidential Primary by turning cement mixers and fish storage hulls into immovable ballot boxes that could not be confiscated and hauled away by police.”
“It is inspiring to see that Maldivians are rising up with the belief that democracy must prevail, despite the atmosphere of military rule and repression imposed by President Yameen,” Nasheed said.
The Maldivian Elections Commission had banned the primaries in the MDP as one of the candidates, Mohamed Nasheed, is a fugitive from the law after having left the country without completing his 13 year sentence for terrorism. Nasheed had abducted a Criminal Court judge which in Maldivian law is a terrorist act.
Nasheed got parole for getting medical treatment in the UK, but did not come back to complete his prison term.