UN chief wants credible re-vote in Maldives
COLOMBO (AP) - The United Nations chief has called for a credible and peaceful re-vote for presidency in the Maldives after the country's Supreme Court annulled results of an earlier election widely hailed as free and fair.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has noted the court decision to hold fresh elections, his office said in a short statement dated Tuesday.
Maldives' Supreme Court annulled results of the September 7 first-round presidential vote, agreeing with a losing candidate that the voters' registry included made-up names and deceased people. It said some 5,600 votes were thus tainted.
Maldives was preparing for a runoff election on September 28 between the country's first democratically elected president and a brother of its former autocrat on when the third-place candidate complained of election flaws.