Polling stations to be set up in five countries

The Election Commission has decided to set up polling stations in five countries for the upcoming presidential election.

According to EC, ballot boxes will be set up in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, the UK, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

EC's Vice-President Ismail Habeeb said the number of voters required to place ballot boxes abroad had re-registered to vote in these five countries.

Countries and cities where ballot boxes will be placed

India - Trivandrum
Sri Lanka - Colombo
Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur
United Kingdom - London
United Arab Emirates - Abu Dhabi

Despite prior plans to establish ballot stations in Singapore, Thailand, and Japan, the EC stated that the minimum required number of re-registered voters was not met in these countries.

In addition to all inhabited islands in the Maldives, ballot boxes will also be set up in 65 resorts across the country.

The presidential election is scheduled for September 9. If a second round of voting is required, the run-off would be held on September 30.