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Maldives: Some Positive developments:

Paper No 5588           Dated 20-Oct-2013

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

Recent Developments in Maldives seem to have upset the international community and rightly so. When all the international observers termed the first and now annulled elections of September 7 as fair and credible, the Supreme Court took the extreme step of not only annulling the elections, but also giving specific guide lines to another constitutional body- here the Election Commission as to how the election should be conducted.

Maldives: Police Stop Presidential Elections

Paper No. 5584                                 Dated 20-Oct-2013

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

Strange it may sound, but it is true! -the Police in Maldives unilaterally prevented the Election Commission from conducting fresh elections on the 19th this month on the ground that it was being held in contravention of the Supreme Court verdict and the guide lines issued.  

Maldives: Supreme Court’s "over reach" in the conduct of Presidential Elections:

Paper No. 5580                Dated 17-Oct-2010

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.

Will anyone believe that the highest court in Maldives has met three times at midnight in the last three weeks to give executive directions to the Elections Commission in the conduct of the presidential elections?

Maldives: PPM Tries to prevent Nasheed from Contesting:

Paper No. 5578    Dated 11-Oct-2013

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.

"We are a democracy on a ventilator- desperately gasping for life." Jeehan Golhu

Maldives: Supreme Court Annuls first round of Presidential Elections:

Paper No. 5576                           Dated  8-Oct-2013

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

After two postponements in the same day ( 7 September), the Supreme Court of Maldives, finally announced its verdict, annulling the first round of Presidential Elections.

Maldives: Disturbing Trends since the First Round of Presidential Elections:

Paper No. 5573              Dated 2-Oct-2013
 
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
As expected, developments since the first round of elections that  went off smoothly have been very disturbing.  The Indian Foreign Minister rightly pointed out that India is “disappointed and distressed” over the situation. 
 

Maldives: Disturbing Trends in the run off to presidential elections

:Paper No. 5567          Dated 21-Sep-2013

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

When the initial results of the first round of elections were announced, it was assessed that former president Nasheed will have a tough time in garnering the balance votes to reach the 50 percent margin. The reason was that all the other candidates had literally "ganged up " to ensure the defeat of Nasheed.

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