Sept. 7, 2013, midnight
Voters in the Maldives will vote in the country’s second ever democratic presidential election on September 7, 2013. The election features four candidates, two of whom have previously served as president. The incumbent candidate is Mohammed WAHEED, who is contesting the election as an independent candidate, although he has the backing of the National Unity Party / Gaumee Ithihad Party (GIP) and the Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP). President WAHEED assumed the office after former President Mohamed NASHEED resigned in February 2012 following weeks of protests and police opposition to use force against the protestors. NASHEED, since stepping down, has claimed that he was forced out of office in a coup d’état organized by the opposition and his vice-president WAHEED. NASHEED will contest the election for the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP). Also contesting the election will be wealthy businessman Gasim IBRAHIM, who is running for the Jumhooree Party (JP) with support from the religiously conservative Adhaalath Party (AP) and the Dhivehi Qaumee Party, and Abdulla Yamin, who is running for the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM). If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the votes in the first round of the election, a run-off vote between the top two candidates will be held on September 28, 2013. The Election Commission has registered 239,593 Maldivians to participate in the election.