No candidate could secure enough votes to win the presidential election in the Maldives on September 9. For this, the Election Commission announced that a runoff vote will be held between the top two parties again next Saturday (September 30).
On Monday, the Election Commission said, a total of 282,395 voters were considered eligible to vote in the first round of the Maldives presidential election. But the EC declared a total of 2 lakh 82 thousand 804 voters eligible to vote for the second round on September 30. This includes 409 new voters, who will turn 18 before the September 30 election.
According to the Election Commission, 75 percent of the 1,82,395 voters voted in 574 ballot boxes in Maldives and five other countries in the first round.
On the other hand, 12 additional ballot boxes with 574 ballot boxes will be kept for the second phase of the presidential election to be held on September 30, EC said.
Apart from this, the Commission said that the polling station design has also been changed for the second round of elections.
In the second round of the election, the candidate of the opposition PPM/PNC alliance. Mohamed Muizz, who led in the first round with 46 percent of the vote, will face MDP’s candidate, incumbent Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. He trailed the opposition candidate by getting 39 percent of the votes in the first round.