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Maldives: Elections: A Second round becomes necessary:

Paper No. 5555                                     Dated  8-Sep-2013
 
Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
Though the results of the Presidential Elections have not been formally announced, it is seen that Nasheed of the MDP obtained 95,224 votes out of 211850 votes polled.  This comes to 45.45 percent and thus short of a fifty percent votes to prevent a runoff.
 

Maldives: Election Trends.

Paper No. 5552           Dated 30-Aug-2013

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.

The Election Commission has finally announced the final list of eligible voters and this comes to a figure of 239, 593. Though a few are still left out, most of the names that were sought to be included have been accommodated.

The second round (if necessitated) of presidential elections will take place on October 28 and the new president will be taking over on November 11.

Maldives: Presidential Elections: Will the transition be smooth?

Paper No. 5548            Dated 22-Aug-2013
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.
 
The United Kingdom Foreign Office issued a statement last month welcoming the steps taken in Maldives towards a free and fair elections and called for a peaceful transition to post electoral politics. My  worry is on the last part. - the transition period.
 

Maldives: The Judiciary Needs a Thorough Cleanup:

Paper No. 5509                               Dated 14-June-2013

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.

The judiciary continues to be the weakest link in Maldives in its march towards democracy.  Except for the opposition MDP, no other political party appears to be concerned by the poor performance of the judiciary.  What is more, the Judicial commission which is supposed to be the “Watch Dog” over functioning of the judiciary appears to be highly politicised.

Maldives Turning Into a Terrorist Haven

Paper No. 5503                                    Dated 03-Jun-2013

By Bhaskar Roy

On May 21, the Chief of Maldivian Defence Force, Maj.Gen. Ahmed Shiyam said there were threats of terrorism in the country, adding they had confirmed reports that some Maldivian youths had joined foreign terrorist groups and several of them were untraceable. 

Maldives: Islam being used as a political tool in the Presidential Elections?

Paper No. 5499                            Dated 27-May-2013

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.

It is very unfortunate that almost all the political parties except the MDP are using religion as a political tool to keep former president Nasheed from winning the presidential elections this September.  Their main thrust in the election campaign is that all the parties are out to save Islam from Nasheed and his MDP!

Maldives: Nasheed Gets a Reprieve:

Paper No. 5453        Dated 8-Apr-2013

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.

On an appeal filed by the team of lawyers defending Nasheed’s case, the Chief Judge of the High Court, Ahmed Shareef ordered the special court formed to try former President Nasheed’s case to halt the trial until it decides on the legitimacy of the panel of judges appointed to examine the case.

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