Due to election preparations in India itself, the country has chosen not to send a team of observers to the Maldives for the parliamentary elections scheduled for March 22.
“The Maldives Elections Commission had invited our Election Commission to observe the polls. But the Election Commission is very busy managing the current schedule, so we have declined,” the New India Express reported a senior government official from the country as having stated.
Officials at the Indian High Commission in Malé have confirmed that no observers will be sent, though it was pointed out that High Commission staff would be performing some observer functions.
Previously, India sent a high level delegation led by their former Chief Election Commissioners to the Maldives to observe 2013’s presidential election, with the first round – later annulled – given high praise by the observers.
A delegation of the European Union is currently in the country preparing to monitor the parliamentary elections.