Opposition pres hopeful to file candidacy on Thur

Opposition coalition backed candidate for presidential elections Ibrahim Mohamed Solih is expected to file for candidacy on Thursday to contest.

Elections Commission in an announcement said the deadline to file candidacy for the crunch elections on September 23 would remain open until August 4.

Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) confirmed Solih will submit his candidacy for 2018 presidential election at 10:00hrs on Thursday morning.

While opposition backed candidate will be filing for his candidacy at Elections Commissions on the same day Maldives commemorates its independence other candidates contesting for the election are expected to file their respective candidacies shortly.

Apart from Solih incumbent president Abdulla Yameen announced contesting for a second term while former home minister Umar Naseer confirmed to contest as an independent candidate.