Maldives sets 19 Oct presidential poll after first vote annulled

Reuters , Wednesday 9 Oct 2013

Maldives will hold new presidential election on 19 October after Supreme Court annulled 7 September poll citing voter fraud

The Maldives will hold a new presidential election on Oct. 19, the election commission announced on Wednesday, after the Supreme Court annulled a Sept. 7 poll citing voter fraud.

International election observers, including delegations from the Commonwealth, the United Nations, the European Union and India, had declared the Sept. 7 election free and fair.

The tropical Indian Ocean resort archipelago will face a constitutional crisis if there is no president elected by Nov. 11, according to a deadline set in 2008.

Former President Mohamed Nasheed, ousted from power 20 months ago in disputed circumstances amid a mutiny by police, won the first round on Sept. 7 with 45.45 percent of the vote, but fell short of the 50 percent needed for outright victory.

The run-off, scheduled for Sept. 28, had been expected to help end months of political turmoil triggered by the removal of Nasheed. 

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