The Elections Commission has ruled out any extension of the August 7 deadline for voters to re-register at a polling station other than their permanent residence.
Re-registration is necessary for those intending to vote at a polling station other than that listed with the Elections Commission (EC), such as a worker based on a resort island or student in Male.
Registration can be easily checked using a national ID number and the EC’s 1414 SMS system (text 1414 in the format ‘VIS [National ID #]’.
Registration details can also be determined online for Maldivian nationals overseas.
According to the commission, 40,000 of the 65,000 voters expected to re-register have done so with just two days left for the remaining 25,000.
EC President Fuwad Thowfeek told local media the commission had received many requests to extend the deadline, but said the EC needed time to prepare the lists.
“Many re-registration forms will come in on the last day. That’s something we know from experience,” Thowfeek told Haveeru.
Minivan News reported last week reported low rates of re-registration among Maldivians overseas, with several polling stations such as the UK and Delhi in danger of not reaching the minimum 100 registrations needed for votes to be valid.
The EC has declared that 240,302 voters are eligible to vote in the upcoming presidential elections, 31,008 more than the number of eligible voters in the 2008 presidential elections (209,294). Voter turnout in the 2008 elections was 85 percent in the first round, and 86 percent in the second round.
In the Maldives? Check your details via SMS
To check where/if you are registered to vote, SMS 1414 ‘VIS(space)(National ID#)’
To check political party registration, SMS 1414 ‘PPR(space)(National ID#)’
Elections Commission hotline: 1414