Maldives court concludes 12 election cases, no results annulled

MALE - Maldives High Court has completed hearings on a dozen complaints filed over last month's parliamentary elections but has decided not to annul any of the election results, local media reported on Thursday.

Twelve out of the 13 cases filed at the High Court sought the annulment of election results in several constituencies. Ruling there was no evidence to annul the results of any of those 12 cases, High Court also decided against the case filed by ruling coalition partner Jumhoory Party (JP) for re-counting the votes of Kurendhoo constituency.

Most of the cases filed at the High Court consist of complaints over suspected corruption, bribery and manipulation during March 22 elections, said local media outlet Haveeru.

Complaints were filed over the elections of Central Hithadhoo, Hithadhoo-North, Kaashidhoo, Thimarafushi, Funadhoo, Feydhoo, Felidhoo, Nolhivaram, Vilingili, Isdhoo, Gemanafushi and Naifaru constituencies.

The first and last word on all electoral complaints will be upon the High Court's authority.

The law states that all electoral complaints must be appealed with 14 days after the final results of the election have been announced.

At the same time, the law also persuades all electoral cases to be concluded within a period of 30 days after the final results are announced.

The March 22 elections were won by President Abdulla Yameen's coalition that is led by the Progressive Party of Maldives.