US calls for peaceful political atmosphere in Maldives
Washington: The United States has called for a peaceful political atmosphere for next round of presidential elections in Maldives.
"We continue to urge a peaceful political process that is inclusive, transparent, and fair and for the next round to meet the same high standards that previous elections observers witnessed on September 7," spokesperson of Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Emily Horn yesterday said.
Maldives` election commission yesterday announced to hold new presidential elections on October 19, after the Supreme Court annulled the September 7 elections citing voter fraud.
"We understand the Elections Commission stands ready to support the new round of elections by the deadlines set by the Maldivian Supreme Court 4-3 decision to annul the September 7th election results," she said, referring to the developments in this island nation.
Referring to the statements by the United Kingdom and the EU to this effect, the State Department official said the US agrees with their assessments.
Appreciating all international elections observers who are monitoring this ongoing process, Horn said, "We strongly support their vital work and are working with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) to support a robust observation presence from local groups."
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