Maldives conducts round two of presidential election
For the sixth time in two months the people of the Maldives are preparing to elect a president.
After the saga of two previously aborted polls the people of the Maldives are voting today between 7.30 a.m. and 4 p.m. local time in a second round of the presidential election and utilising 475 ballot boxes.
In the first round, which took place last Saturday, former President Mohamed Nasheed took 46.93% of the vote (96,764 votes) and will face Abdulla Yameen who took 29.72% of the vote (61,278 votes). Yameen is the half brother of former dictator Maumoon Abdul Gayoom who ran the island chain in the middle of the Indian Ocean from 1978 to 2008.
The third-placed candidate, Gasim Ibrahim, received 23.34% (48,131 votes) and has refused to back either candidate.
The number of eligible voters is 239,105.
Meanwhile incumbent President Dr Mohamed Waheed left the country on Friday for Singapore. He left a televised address and announced that he was resigning once a new president was in place. No date for his return has been given.
Minivan News also reports that the People’s Majlis (parliament) passed no-confidence motions against President Dr Mohamed Waheed and Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim.