Sept. 7, 2013, midnight
Preliminary vote totals have been released following the first round of voting in the Maldives presidential election. Former President Mohamed NASHEED of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) received the most votes in the election with 95,224 votes (45.45 percent); however, this was not enough to avoid a run-off election on September 28, 2013. NASHEED will face Abdulla YAMEEN in the run-off, after he secured 53,099 votes (25.35 percent) in the first round of the election, running for the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM). YAMEEN is the half-brother of former Maldivian Maumoon Abdul GAYOOM, who led the country from 1978 to 2008. Wealthy businessman Qasim IBRAHIM finished third in the elections, receiving 50,422 votes (24.07 percent). The incumbent, President Mohammed WAHEED, finished last in the election, earning only 10,750 votes (5.13 percent). Turnout in the first round of the election was high, with 211,890 Maldivians (88.44 percent) casting ballots in the election.