We have noted the Supreme Court verdict announced on 7 October 2013 annulling the first round of the Presidential elections held on 7 September 2013 and announcing a fresh schedule of elections.
As a close friend and neighbour, India has consistently supported the strengthening of democratic processes and institutions in Maldives. We believe that it is important that the stalled electoral process is put back on track. India strongly urges that the fresh elections dates stipulated in the verdict are adhered to so that a new President is elected in accordance with the wishes and democratic aspirations of the people of Maldives.
We deplore the recent incidents of political violence and appeal to all sides to maintain peace and calm and to refrain from extra-constitutional measures.
We encourage all concerned in Maldives to work for free, fair, inclusive and credible elections in a peaceful environment followed by a smooth transition on 11 November 2013, as stipulated by the Constitution of Maldives. In this regard, we welcome the statement issued by the Maldives’ President today afternoon condemning efforts to stop former President Mohamed Nasheed from running for office of President of Maldives.
India continues to stand by its commitment to work with the Government of Maldives and its state institutions for success of elections.
October 10, 2013
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