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Progress of Elections Process in Maldives

The Elections Commission made public Sunday night a list of more than 263,000 eligible voters for September’s presidential poll. The list was published on the EC website and government gazette, with a deadline of June 20 to lodge complaints. It was compiled with information from the Department of National Registration. The election is due to take place on September 23 amid fierce criticism of the commission’s independence and uncertainty over opposition candidates. Adam Shareef, the president of the five-member commission, is a loyalist of President Abdulla Yameen who was involved in his re-election campaign prior to his appointment. With opposition leaders barred from contesting, most Maldivians do not believe there will be a free and fair election this year. ..................

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