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Maldives: Disturbing Trends since the First Round of Presidential Elections:

Paper No. 5573              Dated 2-Oct-2013
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
As expected, developments since the first round of elections that  went off smoothly have been very disturbing.  The Indian Foreign Minister rightly pointed out that India is “disappointed and distressed” over the situation. 

Maldives: Disturbing Trends in the run off to presidential elections

:Paper No. 5567          Dated 21-Sep-2013

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

When the initial results of the first round of elections were announced, it was assessed that former president Nasheed will have a tough time in garnering the balance votes to reach the 50 percent margin. The reason was that all the other candidates had literally "ganged up " to ensure the defeat of Nasheed.

Maldives: Presidential Elections: Nasheed goes it alone in Run off:

Paper No. 5557                       Date 11-Sep-2013
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.
In his first response to the results of the first round of  elections, Nasheed of MDP declared that the party has resumed the campaign activities to garner some “few thousand” additional votes to guarantee a win in the second round.
In another connection, the party members indicated that an additional 2 to 3 thousand votes would  make the difference.  

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.


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