High Court rejects Jumhoree Party’s case contesting election result

The High Court has rejected a case filed by the Jumhoree Party(JP) seeking the release of the voters list and result sheets in the first round of presidential elections held on Saturday, in which its candidate Gasim Ibrahim polled third by just over one percent.

In a short statement, the High Court said the case did not fit the situations stipulated in article 64 of the Elections Act of 2008. Under provision 17(f) election regulations, the Elections Commission (EC) cannot release this information without a court order.

While local and international election observers have broadly praised the conduct of Saturday’s presidential elections, Gasim has contested the results and called for a criminal investigation of the Chair and Vice Chair of the EC for allegedly tampering with the outcome.

Gasim Ibrahim declared at a press conference yesterday that he would not accept the results released by the EC, contesting that the vote had been rigged and that his party’s officials had come across several discrepancies during the ballot.

The presidential poll showed the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) candidate former President Mohamed Nasheed finishing at the top of the race, securing 95,224 votes (45.45 percent while Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) candidate Abdulla Yameen securing 53,099 (25.35 percent) to finish second.

Gasim Ibrahim finished the race at third place securing 50,422 votes (24.07 percent) while incumbent President Mohamed Waheed Hassan received 10,750 votes, finishing last with 5.13 percent of popular vote.

The EC has maintained that the commission did not consider the complaints credible while Vice Chair of Elections Commission Ahmed Fayaz described the accusations levied against the commission as “ridiculous” and “baseless”.

In a press conference on Tuesday – shortly after filing the case at the High Court – Jumhoree Party (JP) MP Ahmed Ilham said that the party will not let the Chair of the commission Fuwad Thowfeek “do whatever he wants with the votes” while everyone had been talking about the importance of “nationalism and Islam”.

“We have our dogs inside Elections Commission. By dogs, we mean informers who inform as about what is going on inside the Elections Commission. Don’t you dare touch a single ballot paper inside there, we will chop off the hands of those who do so,” said Ilham.

Gasim’s spokesperson Ibrahim Khaleel told the press that the party will not back down and would do everything it can to seek justice “even if the commission goes on to hold the run-off election.”

“The Head of State must call for a nation-wide investigation in order to maintain the credibility of the entire electoral process,” said Khaleel.

Khaleel also lambasted the Vice Chair of Elections Commission Fayaz Ahmed, whom Khaleel alleged was sharing confidential information with personal friends.

“Following a meeting with us and the Elections Commission, this Fayaz had told his friends that we talked to the members of the Elections Commission very rudely. Does he have to tell his friends that? What kind of professionalism is this?” Khaleel questioned.

“How come the meeting minutes of Elections Commission are being shared among his personal friends? You don’t take matters of work to home,” he added.

Khaleel also alleged that Elections Commission have “begun a special operation to cover up their wrong doings and fraud”. He also appealed the police to intervene and “help the people get justice”.

Khaleel also echoed similar sentiments as his party leader Gasim Ibrahim, who claimed that he should have finished the race in first place, had the election been “not rigged”.

“We have a team of highly trained campaign experts who consist of PhD holders and other intellectuals who have been trained by Gasim Ibrahim. We also had international experts on our team. The team had estimated that Gasim would gain at least 68,000 votes even in the worst case scenario. We know there is something wrong. We will uncover the whole plot,” Khaleel said.

JP MP Ilham called on the members of Election Commission to “honourably resign” and allow police to intervene and investigate the matter.

“I urge all commission members who did not partake in this scandal to come out to media and tell the public that they are ready to allow police to intervene and investigate. If you don’t do so, you will forever be labelled as traitors who betrayed our beloved nation,” Ilham said.

JP’s alleged discrepancies

The discrepancies which the JP alleges include: double voting, votes cast in the name of people who died prior to the election, inaccurate voter registry, lack of transparency during ballot counting, election officials being biased and aligning themselves towards MDP candidate Nasheed and PPM candidate Yameen.

Speaking during a rally held last Monday, Gasim claimed that 20,000 people had bypassed the rules and regulations and cast their votes “unlawfully”.

The resort tycoon also said that he had obtained more than 70,000 votes during Saturday’s election, but claimed the EC had reduced the number to 50,000.

If the EC had not done so, Gasim  claimed, he would have been leading the poll and MDP candidate former President Nasheed would have been trailing behind him. Gasim alleged that the EC robbed JP of 20,000 votes and gifted them to the MDP.

“I will never forgive this atrocity carried out by the Elections Commission. I will never forgive them ever,” Gasim said, during the rally.

Gasim also called on the members of the EC to “resign and go home” if they were unable to execute their duties.

Reflecting on the court case, Gasim said that he hoped that the High Court and the Supreme Court would not refuse to give him and his supporters the justice they were seeking.

“My plea to the court is to speed up cases filed regarding these critical issues. To look into it and give a just judgement. I don’t believe the courts will decide wrongly on this matter,” Gasim said.

The JP leader also noted that it was too early to talk about coalitions, but the party would decide of this after the matter of its defeat was decided in the courts.

“Currently, there are no candidates that I should endorse,” Gasim said. “By the will of Allah, Gasim Ibrahim will be sworn in as the next president on November 11.”

Meanwhile, during the same rally, former deputy leader of PPM Umar Naseer – who backed Gasim in the poll – accused the commission of giving MDP members 30,000 additional ballot papers to tamper with the outcome of the election.

EC was “well prepared” for poll, say international observers amidst accusations

Despite the allegations, international observers have broadly praised the conduct of Saturday’s election, notably the peaceful voting throughout the day and preparedness of the Elections Commission.

“It is clear that the Elections Commission was logistically well-prepared for this election. Election material was distributed in time to the atolls and overall the process was well-administered. It was positively noted that significant majority of polling officials were women,” read a statement given by the former Prime Minister of Malta Dr Lawrence Gonzi who led the Commonwealth’s observer group.

Meanwhile J M Lyngdoh of the Indian team of election observers stated that the “polling was orderly and unblemished by any notable incident. It was also an enjoyable experience for the voter.”

“The voters’ lists were accurate and prominently displayed. The ballot boxes were opened and closed as per the scheduled time. The discipline, patience and dignity of the voter and the sheer competence, industry and cheerfulness of the election staff were quite admirable. The police were ubiquitous but discreetly non-intrusive,” Lyngdoh noted in his statement.

The US also congratulated the Maldives on the conduct of the first round of voting with US State Department Deputy Spokesperson, Marie Harf noting that “The very high voter turnout showed the strong commitment of the people of Maldives to democratic government”.

Local NGO Transparency Maldives – who ran the most comprehensive observation operation on the day – had earlier announced that none of the incidents reported on election day would have a “material impact on the outcome of the election”.

Transparency Maldives Communications Manager Aiman Rasheed said in 14.5 percent of ballot boxes where controversy occurred during counting, these would not have impacted the overall outcome of the first placed candidate.

As neither of the four candidates who contested in Saturday’s election were able to obtained the required ’50 percent plus one vote’ to secure a first round election victory, the Elections Commission has announced that a run-off election will take place on September 28.

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18 thoughts on “High Court rejects Jumhoree Party’s case contesting election result”

  1. When Maldives football lost to India, referee was blamed.

    Now when Qasim looses, its election commission. Not the incompetence of his team and himself.

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  2. JP cannot stomach the fact that Anni gets so much support from Maldivians, especially when they bribed so many people for votes. They are saying that the votes from all the people they bribed "belong" to them. Of course they can't say this directly because it is illegal to bribe people, which is why they are creating all this kasauti drama.

    Gasim why don't you just face facts? people took advantage of you and you lost. Just go home and be quiet now. hahahah

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  3. This really is too much!

    I fully understand that Laura will not have the capacity to comprehend bigger picture. For gods sake he is an uneducated stupid buffoon. He managed to convince Maumoon to hand him several business rights which made him a millionaire.

    That does not alter the fact that he is an imbecile.

    But I am so ashamed of the shameless 'helping' hands that is just bleeding him of his wealth and now his mind.

    I am so ashamed of Maldives. Have you no decency? have you no fear? What you are doing to an old idiotic man is just not acceptable.

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  4. @foghorn: Its only fair. He's been taking advantage of his employees. Serves him right.

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  5. gasim may have seen in his dream that he became the first, let him understand that he cannot win people's hearts in terms of money,

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  6. Heard about the Lehman Brothers collapse?

    Same thing is about to happen in the scale of Maldives. Sure bankruptcy of Villa.

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  7. This is a good start. Next port of call for Gasim will be the Supreme Court where his best friend and porn king Ali Hameed resides.

    We all know that some of the top brass of JP are less than stellar intellectually. Alright, let's be straight; they are thick as sh*t! Let's take one of their complaints to see why:

    (1) Voter Registry contains the names of the deceased. Well, hello, here's news for the intellectually challenged minds of JP. With a population of nearly 400,000 lots of Maldivians die every day. Some of those are bound to be on the electoral register. The voter registry can never keep up with the dead ( (unless you've seen the dead waking up on polling day, they also cannot vote). The only day where you can finally catch up with the dead is the Day of Judgement!

    The vast majority of the Maldivian population who voted for a peaceful transition to democracy are carefully watching the preparation for war by the Gasim faction. The only hope left for this faction is to create mayhem and fear amongst the population.

    They know full well that with the momentum behind MDP, they've got no chance of winning anything in the second round. Umar Naseer will always resort to what he knows best, i.e. violence and intimidation. Finally, Gasim is about to do down in history as the most retarded and reckless character of modern times.

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  8. Gasim and Umar are right and the rest of the world is wrong??? ...REALLY!!! The ex torturer teaming up with the corrupt low intelligent so called businessman who was handed a fortune by the last dictator. Can you imagine the mess if he did get in.

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  9. Whats the difference between Dr. Hassan and boot polish?

    A: Boot polish is 20rf expensive and gives a better shine.

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  10. “We have a team of highly trained campaign experts who consist of PhD holders and other intellectuals... The team had estimated that Gasim would gain at least 68,000 votes even in the worst case scenario."

    Your PhD holders and intellectuals couldn't read the minds of the Maldivian people! There is no trained expert yet in the world who can read minds. If you think you have such people, then clearly you've surpassed your belief in Islam!

    Fact of the matter is, your "experts" got it totally wrong! I'll tell you some secrets and for free; won't cost Gasim a single cent. Here goes:

    (0) The micro disturbance caused by the wing of a butterfly in the Amazon could cause a hurricane halfway across the world.

    (1) Give a million monkeys some typewriters. They could produce something better than Shakespeare ever could.

    (2) There are thousands of PhD holders and experts around the world highly trained in weather forecasting. They run some of the most sophisticated computer models on the largest supercomputers in the world. Yet they do fail to predict weather accurately.

    (3) Some of the most brainiest intellectuals work on Wall Street, i.e. the so-called "rocket scientists". They could not stop the biggest financial crisis in the history of the world.

    (4) There are hundreds of very highly trained geologists and earthquake experts around the world. But not a single one of them can predict when an earthquake will occur.

    I can give more examples and elaborate on these. But that will cost you money.

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  11. Question for next debate:
    For Yameen….. Do you believe If Nasheed comes to power; he will bring other religions to Maldives if yes who will follow him, are there any Maldivians already wanting to declare as non Muslims under Nasheed’s government, secondly if you believe they exist what you will do with them?

    2- Do you think Anni is Ladheenee if yes what makes him Ladheene and do you think that 95000 people who supported Anni are Ladheenee people, if yes what will you do with these people? And how you define Ladheenee, is that means non muslims or non adherent to strict Islamic laws. If you define it as non Muslims don’t you agree that Maldives half population are non Muslims? And if you define it as non adherent to strict Islamic Laws then don’t you think every Maldivian is Ladheenee, for example do you go with everything in your life according to strict Islamic laws?.

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  12. Transparency maldives is baised. Senior coordinator Azim left presidents office when Anni was ousted. Azim is a hardcore MDP supporter. Coordinator Naushan is the sister of MDP Ziyattey. She is MDP secret agent in TM. Office Suha is a relative of Dr. Shaheed. With all of these MDP people in TM is defitly biased. 100% intel information...TM quick count results show Gasim Ibrahim was second place. TM didnt go public with their results coz MDP want Yamin to be their opponent in the secnd round!!!!!!!!!!!

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  13. Poor little Dr Saeed. After all your evil hate strategy and destructive undermining tactics, lies and constant switching from one side to another you are left politically with nothing!! Could not happen to a nicer man!!!

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  14. @Ahmed Bin Addu Bin Suvadheeb on Wed, 11th Sep 2013 6:48 AM.
    You said it well!

    Gasim being the crap he is, will not know of what substance a Philosopher is made of, or how they are available in so many markets.

    And it would be pointless trying to tell him. If you do, don't bet he will not do it! He is desperate for money, and it will be impossible to know when the "Magnetics" may start working! Heh Heh!

    Gasim cannot see the leech type PhD holders, how and where they are attached to! He will never realize them hiding near his balls and draining him out!

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