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Wednesday, 13 February 2013

It’s necessary that all Presidential candidates be free to participate in the elections without any hindrance- India


It’s necessary that all Presidential candidates be free to participate in the elections without any hindrance- India

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2013
India has stated that it is necessary that the Presidential nominees of recognized political parties be free to participate in the elections without any hindrance.
India made this remark in a press release issued by the Official Spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, regarding the political situation of Maldives.
“Following the arrest warrant issued against him by the Hulhumale Magistrate Court, the former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed, who is a candidate for the Presidential elections in Maldives scheduled for September 2013, is in the Indian High Commission and has sought India’s assistance. We are in touch with the relevant Maldivian authorities to resolve the situation,” the spokesperson of India’s Ministry of External Affairs said.
As a close and friendly neighbour, India has expressed concern over the ongoing political instability in Maldives and called upon the Government and all political parties to adhere strictly to democratic principles and the rule of law, thereby paving the way for free, fair, credible and inclusive elections.
Now that the President of the Election Commission of Maldives has announced that Presidential elections would be held on 7 September 2013, the Indian government stated that it is necessary that the Presidential nominees of recognized political parties be free to participate in the elections without any hindrance.
“Prevention of participation by political leaders in the contest would call into question the integrity of the electoral process, thereby perpetuating the current political instability in Maldives. This is not in the interest of Maldives or the region,” the spokesperson of Indian government said.
India called upon the Government and all political parties in Maldives to avoid any actions that would vitiate the political atmosphere in the Maldives.

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