Second Round of Voting Postponed by Supreme Court

Sept. 26, 2013, 12:17 p.m.

Maldives (September 28, 2013): The second round of voting for the presidential elections in the Maldives, originally scheduled for Saturday, September 28, 2013, has been postponed following the ruling of the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Following a third place finish in the first round of the election, Qasim IBRAHIM of the Jumhooree Party filed a case with the Supreme Court alleging irregularities in the voter roll, stating that there were underage and deceased voters on the roll. The Maldivian Election Commission has ruled out holding the election until the Supreme Court grants it the permission to hold the second round, although this could create constitutional implications, as the constitution mandates that a second round of voting must be held within three weeks of the first round of voting.

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