New Delhi: India on Thursday welcomed the statement of Maldivian President Mohamed Waheed condemning the moves to stop his rival and former President Mohammed Nasheed from contesting Presidential polls scheduled on October 19 and stressed the stalled electoral process is put back on track.
The Supreme Court of Maldives had annulled the first round of elections in which Nasheed led with overwhelming votes and directed that process be repeated.
Today, two members of Progressive Party of Maldives, whose candidate Abdullah Yameen stood second, approached the apex court seeking to stop Nasheed from contesting the elections. This move was condemned by Waheed in a statement today.
"We encourage all concerned in Maldives to work for free, fair, inclusive and credible elections in a peaceful environment followed by a smooth transition on 11 November 2013, as stipulated by the Constitution of Maldives.
"In this regard, we welcome the statement issued by the Maldives? President today afternoon condemning efforts to stop former President Mohamed Nasheed from running for office of President of Maldives," the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.
The statement said that India, as a?close friend and neighbour, has consistently supported the strengthening of democratic processes and institutions in Maldives.
"We believe that it is important that the stalled electoral process is put back on track. India strongly urges that the fresh elections dates stipulated in the verdict are adhered to so that a new President is elected in accordance with the wishes and democratic aspirations of the people of Maldives," it said.