EC members leave country amid death threats

Most of the elections commission members have left the country amid increasing death threats following allegations of vote rigging in the recently concluded presidential elections.

One of the members on condition of anonymity told AVAS by phone that members along with their families have been receiving death threats.

Elections Commission has announced the official results which confirmed opposition alliance presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih as the seventh president of the archipelago with a staggering 58.4 percent of the votes.

Solih had been backed by incumbent president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom's main political rivals including the now jailed former presidents Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Mohamed Nasheed along with Jumhoory Party leader and business tycoon Gasim Ibrahim.

President Yameen urged his supporters to demand the country's electoral watchdog to answer the numerous allegations of vote rigging that had surfaced after president Yameen had accepted the result last Monday and assured a smooth transition of power.

Ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) meanwhile had vowed nightly protests against the members of Elections Commission which had "robbed" the crunch elections.