Maldives top court to hear case filed against presidential poll results

Source: Xinhua| 2018-10-11 20:38:30|Editor: xuxin
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MALE, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Maldives top court has accepted to hear a legal challenge filed by the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) against the results of last month's presidential elections, local media reported Thursday.

The PPM, led by incumbent President Abdulla Yameen, earlier on Thursday said it had filed a case in the island's Supreme Court, against the results of the Sept. 23 polls, alleging that there had been rigging.

In a message on its official Twitter account, the department of the judicial administration said the top court had agreed to hear the case.

However, the court is yet to schedule a hearing.

The PPM said in a statement that the decision to seek legal recourse through the Supreme Court and High court was taken in accordance with the relevant articles of the Elections Act which said that elections-related complaints could be probed only through a court order.

The decision to seek legal recourse was taken by the party council in order to uphold the electoral right of its candidate and running mate as well as the rights of the party's members and the 96,000 people who voted for the president, the PPM said.

The Elections Commission has dismissed the allegations raised by the PPM and stressed there were no irregularities or complaints that could affect the outcome of the election.

Yameen had, a day after the presidential polls, conceded defeat and said he accepted the results of the election. In an address to the nation, Yameen said he would stay on in presidency until the end of his term on Nov. 17.