Elections Commission (EC) on Saturday announced the final results of the presidential election held on September 23.
EC’s secretary general announced the result at the old Jamaaludheen School building, currently being used as the presidential election’s main headquarters.
The election was won by opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih with 134,705 (58.40 percent) votes while President Abdulla Yameen received 96,052 (41.60 percent) votes.
According to the final results, 233,889 individuals out of the eligible 262,135 had voted. While 230,757 (98.70 percent) votes were valid, invalid votes number at 3,132 (1.30 percent).
Speaking after the announcement, EC’s President Ahmed Shareef said out of all the elections this year’s presidential election was the one with the least problems. None of the ballot boxes were recounted, and no party had requested for a recount, he said.
Shareef said due to a mistake while entering votes into the result sheet, one vote was deemed missing. Hence, they worked to locate the missing vote and solve the issue before announcing the final results, he said.
When asked whether they were pressured to postpone result announcement, Shareef denied it saying none of the parties asked to postpone announcing the result. However, he said, PPM requested to announce the result at the latest legally allowed date. PPM requested thus as they received complaints regarding the election and as thus it could violate the rights of some people if the results were announced without tackling that issue first, he said.
Shareef said the members of EC received death threats in relation to the election. However, we paid no heed to these and worked to carry out a fair and free election while our security detail was carried out by the security forces, he said.
Shareef also denied rumors stating the members of EC were bribed and stated that they will take action against those seeking to defame members of EC.