Saturday , September 18 2021

Maldives SC rejects President Yameen’s petition to annul Sept 23 election

In a unanimous ruling, the court on Sunday denied the president’s request to oversee a police or military probe into alleged vote-rigging and electoral fraud. 

It ruled that there is no legal or constitutional basis to question the legality of the election based on the evidence submitted. 

The Supreme Court said the president’s lawyers failed to prove any electoral fraud despite claiming mass electoral fraud. 

Yameen challenged his election defeat despite conceding hours after provisional results showed he lost by a record margin to opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamad Solih. 

According to his petition, a pen with disappearing ink was left at the voting booth and a chemical was applied to make the checkmark disappear in the square next to his name. 

However, he was willing to produce secret witnesses in support of his claim which the court ruled against. 

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