Oppn concedes defeat in Maldives

March 25, 2014 - 4:43:08 am

MALE: The main opposition party in the Maldives yesterday accused authorities of undermining the latest parliamentary elections, but conceded defeat after a bitterly-fought campaign. The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) had criticised the Supreme Court’s sacking of the elections chief and his deputy just before Saturday’s election, but nevertheless decided to face the polls.

“How can we call this a free vote when the Supreme Court sacks the chief elections commissioner and his deputy two weeks before the election?” MDP spokesman Hamid Abdul Ghafoor said. “But, we concede defeat.”

The commission’s top two have yet to be replaced and President Abdulla Yameen himself raised doubts on Thursday if the election could be held by a depleted panel of three. AFP