The High Court of the Maldives has issued an injunction on the announcement of official results of Haa Alifu Atoll Kela ballot box number A05.06.01, after a case was filed in High Court alleging that the Elections Commission had violated the Elections Act and the Elections Commission Act.
The Court said that if the official results of the H.A Kela Atoll and Island Council were announced, it could violate the rights of several citizens and requested the announcement of ballots be delayed until the court ordered otherwise. The High Court did not reveal who filed the case in the court.
Major disruption to voting occurred on the island of approximately 2200 people, when clashes between islanders, police and election officials forced authorities to evacuate the ballot box to Hanimadhoo.
“Officials were a little slow with the voting and as result of several small hiccups, we heard that there were too many people still waiting to vote (by the 4pm deadline),” Vice President of the Elections Commission Ahmed Fayaz Hassan told Minivan News at the time.
“We said we did not mind if they stayed open until 8pm or even 10pm so that everybody could vote, but [the situation escalated]. I think one of the reasons was that the officials were not experienced in dealing with such situations,” he said.
Reports in Haveeru suggested that over 600 people may have been unable to vote after the polls closed on the island.
The ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has alleged that the Elections Commission violated the Elections Act and was unfair and one sided during the Local Councils Elections.
The party also said it was requesting that the Elections Commission hold elections in Kela for a second time.
Local newspaper Miadhu quoted President of the Elections Commission Fuad Thaufeeq saying that the final results of all the Atoll Councils and Island Councils except for H.A Kela Atoll and Island Council will be announced today. Miadhu reported Thaufeeq as saying that the Commission will follow the court’s order and hold elections again anywhere it was asked to do so.
Thaufeeq and Fayaz were not responding to Minivan News at time of press. Staff at the Kela island office said they did not want to comment on the matter.