Maldives reschedules presidential vote for November

MALÉ, October 21, 2013 (AFP) – Maldives officials on Monday rescheduled the country’s presidential election, two days after police blocked the last attempt to hold a vote saying it was illegal. “Dear all, 1st round of the Presidential elections to be held on Nov 9th and 2nd round on Nov 16th,” the independent Elections Commission chief Fuwad Thowfeek said on Twitter.

The Maldivian constitution requires that a president be inaugurated by November 11, but Thowfeek did not say what would happen if no candidate gets the required 50 percent to secure an outright win in the first round.

That would leave the Maldives without a leader for five days until the completion of the second round runoff.

Maldives police on Saturday halted an election that opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed was expected to win.

Police blocked the vote saying it was illegal for the election to go ahead without all three candidates approving the names of all voters as required by the Supreme Court.

Only Nasheed had signed off the electoral lists by Friday evening.

An earlier round won by Nasheed on September 7 was annulled by the Supreme Court which held that there were irregularities although intern