Supreme Court hearing delayed to 5:00pm

The Supreme Court hearing to give the verdict in the Jumhooree Party’s bid to annul the first round of elections has been delayed to 5:00pm today.

The hearing was initially due to be held today at 2:30pm.

Despite widespread local and international election praise of the credibility of the polls, the third-placed JP alleged the vote was flawed due to electoral discrepancies and irregularities amounting to a “systematic failures”.

The delay in polls prompted global and domestic outcry, and has led to unrest in Male’.

Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) supporters have taken to the streets in protest, officers in the military have been suspended for allegedly “sowing discord” and air traffic controllers, customs officials, ground handling services and port workers have staged strikes.