Electoral body brush aside doubts over fair elections

Elections Commission (EC) chief Ahmed Shareef on Saturday brushed aside lingering doubts over recent elections insisting that the electoral body under his watch had delivered free and fair elections.

Speaking during the opening ceremony of 'Democracy Run' organized by EC to mark World Democracy Day, Shareef stressed that question marks raised over free and fair elections in the recent past were absolutely unfounded.

Since the inception of an independent elections commission, the body had conducted multiple elections, all of which were free and fair, he added.

He noted that the presidential elections last year and especially the parliamentary elections held in April had been commended by foreign observers.

Shareef's comments came after the then ruling party had questioned the validity of the presidential elections after it was overwhelmingly defeated by the then opposition.

Supporters of the former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom had staged protests against EC and filed a challenge to the top court seeking a new round of voting.

However, the Supreme Court threw out the challenge after it found no grounds to annul the results.