Elections Commission (EC) members, excluding President Ahmed Shareef, have left to Sri Lanka after receiving threats.
Since the announcing of the presidential election results, EC members have been receiving threats from supporters of ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM). PPM alleged EC of being influenced and created doubt regarding the poll results.
Due to the threats, EC’s vice president Ahmed Musthafa, and the three other members; Ismail Habeeb, Ahmed Akram and Ali Nashaath, have all left to Sri Lanka.
Shareef said they had been receiving various threats since the result was announced. They were accosted on the road, and threatened via SMS. The family members of EC members have also been receiving threats, he said.
However, they did not flee the country and will return soon, Shareef said speaking about the EC members in Sri Lanka who are on leave.
President Abdulla Yameen, too, alleged EC of being under influence and accused them of not being free. The senior heads of PPM, who had been mocking the opposition for their concerns, had showered the commission with praise prior to the election, changing their tune after poll results came in and they suffered defeat.
While the ruling party had very apparently influenced the presidential elections, the opposition had submitted complaints regarding it to EC, who addressed and solved many of the issues.
Those monitoring the elections this year had described it as a free and fair election with the least number of problems in history. The opposition presidential candidate, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, received more than 38,000 votes to win the election.