Supreme Court annuls presidential election
Following the suspension of the second round of the presidential election on 23rd September, the Supreme Court has annulled the first round of the 2013 presidential election.
The court cited a police report which has not been made public but which claims that 5,600 were ineligible either because they were cast using the names of dead people, underage voters and those with unregistered National Identity Cards.
Minivan News reports that the decision was a 4:3 verdict and that fresh elections will now be held on 20th October with a second round on 3rd November if required.
Although former President Mohamed Nasheed took 45.45% of the vote in the annulled first round, the contest was very close between second and third candidates. The half-brother of former President Gayoom, Abdulla Yameen, came second with 25.35% and Gasim Ibrahim, came third with 24.07%. The difference between the second and third candidates was 2,677 votes, less than the 5,600 votes the Supreme Court says were ineligible.
A fresh election gives incumbent President Mohamed Waheed another chance at winning, although in the 7th September first round he took just 5.13% of the vote standing as an Independent.
The presidential term of Mohamed Waheed will run out on 11th November.