Date: November 16, 2013
Transparency Maldives thanks our observers deployed across the country for their dedication in observing the election processes. Transparency Maldives observer network has a wide national coverage spanning resorts, prisons, and abroad, including London, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Colombo, Trivandrum and Delhi.
The results we report are generalisable to the entire country. These results are based on the observation at the time of opening of polls.
The opening of the polls was smooth, and the administrative preparation and execution went well, showing an improvement over the previous two rounds of the Presidential Election. The Elections Commission and relevant stakeholders deserve credit for the smooth opening of polls. The opening procedure went well with 100% of all polling stations open by 8.00am and 91.89% of polling stations open within the first 10 minutes of the required opening time, compared to the first round’s 86.2%.
Nearly all polling station officials were in place at all polling stations. The queue controller and polling station controller were absent at only 0.9% of polling stations.
The materials required for voting were present and the ballot papers were counted and reconciled at all polling stations. All ballot boxes were verified as empty at the start.
Candidates were well represented at polling stations. One or more candidate/party observers were present at 92.4% of all observed polling stations whilst no candidate/party observer was present in 7.7% of cases.
Transparency Maldives also notes that police were present at 95.9% of the observed polling stations at the time of opening, similar to the last round.
Observers concluded that the polling stations were set up to ensure a secret vote in 100% of polling stations .
We encourage all parties to maintain the climate of peace. Our observers are working hard at polling stations and will be present at the polling stations till closing and during counting.
We will be informing you the precise time of our next press conference later this afternoon.
For all media queries, please contact Advocacy and Communications Manager, Aiman Rasheed (00 960 7908967).