Supreme Court, on Sunday, ruled that there is no basis to annul the 2018 presidential election.
All five justices of Supreme Court voted against annulling this year's presidential election during Sunday’s verdict hearing.
After his defeat at this year’s presidential election, President Abdulla Yameen submitted a case at Supreme Court on October 10, seeking to nullify the election, citing vote rigging and election fraud.
In the verdict, Supreme Court said although President Yameen sought for an investigation into the vote rigging allegations, no such order can be issued as there isn’t enough evidence to issue that order. Supreme Court also said since there is no substantial evidence to prove that the election should be nullified, there is no reason to annul it.
The three hearings in the case were held on October 14, 15 and 16 respectively, while the justices signed the statements on October 17.
Although President Yameen sought to submit secret witnesses, the full bench unanimously ruled that they were inadmissible.
President Yameen had initially conceded defeat after the election, but then went on to allege the election was carried out in violation of set procedures. He called on his supporters to take to the streets in order to protest this, after which a few of his supporters rallied at Boduthakurufaanu Magu each night.
The election results announced by EC showed that President Yameen received 96,052 (41.60%) votes while the opposition alliance’s presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih received 134,705 (58.40%) votes, emerging the victor by a huge margin.