EC publicizes final voters list

Maldives' electoral watchdog late Tuesday publicized the final voters list for the upcoming presidential elections.

According to the final list, a total 262,135 people would be eligible to vote in the crunch elections slated for September 23.

Elections Commission would set up a total 472 ballot boxes in throughout the archipelago with 122 polling station to be established in the capital Male. Ballot boxes are also set to be placed abroad in India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and the UK.

The crunch elections slated for September 23 would be a two horse race between incumbent president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom who is seeking re-election and veteran opposition lawmaker Ibrahim Mohamed Solih who has been backed by Yameen's main political rivals including the now jailed former presidents Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Nasheed along with Gasim.

Unlike in previous elections, the presidential race would be decided in the first round and is widely seen more as a 'referendum' with a straight choice between the opposition and the government more than an election.