Ban urges respect of democratic process in MaldivesListen /
A decision of the Maldives' Supreme Court to remove the country’s election commissioners two weeks before parliamentary polls is a cause for concern according to the Secretary-General.
Ban Ki-moon called on "all political leaders to respect the democratic process' and allow for a peaceful, inclusive and credible vote.
In a statement issued by his Spokesperson, Ban also urged the respect for the rule of law and the will of the Maldivian people.
In mid-November, the Secretary-General welcomed the conclusion of the run-off of the presidential election in the Maldives following several months of delays due to an annulment and allegations of electoral fraud.
The vote was finally held on 9 November, leading to the election of President Yaamin Abdul Gayoom.
Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.