A group of port workers went on strike in the Maldives Sunday, urging their government to hold the presidential election even as the foreign ministry pulled up India`s high commissioner for getting in touch with the poll panel.
Maldives President Mohamed Waheed on Wednesday asked the international community to refrain from making "irresponsible" statements on the ongoing presidential polls case, even as watchdog Transparency Maldives sought a quick resolution of current issues to ease rising tensions.
The Supreme Court of the Maldives today delayed the final round of presidential elections due this weekend following a legal challenge, threatening more political instability in the Indian Ocean archipelago.
The Supreme Court of the Maldives on Monday suspended Presidential Elections due this weekend following a legal challenge, sparking protests and fears of fresh instability in the troubled Indian Ocean archipelago.
Maldives Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Election Commission to produce the list of eligible voters and voters who cast their ballots in the first round of presidential polls held on September 7.
Outgoing Maldivian President Mohamed Waheed, who suffered a shocking defeat in the first round of the polls, will support ex-president Abdul Gayoom`s brother in the run-off against leading candidate Mohamed Nasheed.
India asked Maldives and its people to ensure an environment conducive to a peaceful and transparent second round of Presidential election on September 28 while congratulating them for successful conclusion of the first round.
Campaigning started with new vigour in Maldives today for the presidential run-off between Mohamed Nasheed and his nearest rival Abdulla Yameen, who formed an alliance with other parties to defeat the former president.
Former president Mohammed Nasheed, who emerged as the clear winner in the first round of presidential polls in Maldives but fell short of a majority on Sunday said his victory in the September 28 run-off would be more emphatic.
Former President Mohamed Nasheed on Saturday gained an initial lead in the Maldives` second multiparty presidential election by garnering 42 per cent of the vote, according to initial results reported by local media.
Voting was held on Saturday in Maldives for the second multi-party Presidential elections with long queues of people outside polling stations in this Indian Ocean archipelago, which has seen a series of unsettling political events in the last eighteen months.
Eighteen months after its first democratically elected President Mohamed Nasheed stepped down, Maldives will go to polls under the watchful eyes of 102 international observers which include a high-level team of former election commissioners from India.
Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed, who is busy campaigning for re-election in the upcoming presidential poll, has said that enhancing industries, particularly tourism and fishing, is a major focus.