The Government of Maldives on Thursday welcomed the announcement of the Elections Commission's decision to begin preparations for the Presidential Elections to be held this year. The Maldivian Government reiterated its commitment to provide a free and stable environment to carry out campaigns which will lead up to this year's Presidential Elections.
In the Presidential statement issued, "the Government of Maldives warmly welcomes The Government took note of its announcement to hold the first round of Presidential elections during early September and encouraged all relevant stakeholders to offer the Commission their full, unreserved support for the conduct of their work."
Update on the Current Situation in the #Maldives (22/02/2018): Government welcomes Elections Commission’s commencement of work for presidential elections. https://t.co/AAAOzDumUV pic.twitter.com/YbPRGqAhmR— Presidency Maldives (@presidencymv) February 22, 2018
"It is noted in the statement that free, fair and credible elections are the foundation of our democracy and that it is essential for continuity of our nation's growth, stability and prosperity, " President's office stated.
Also, Maldives extended its invitation to all international stakeholders to observe the electoral process; and urged the international community to provide support and assistance in bringing back normalcy in the Maldives.
Further, the government requested the international community to 'refrain from any actions' that could hinder resolving the situation the island nation is facing. In the statement, and reaffirmed hopes that all relevant stakeholders extends their support to this endeavour.
"It is underscored in the statement that all elections after the ratification of the Constitution were accepted to be fair and free by all parties, and that the Government recommends all political parties and politicians alike to work towards making the upcoming elections free and fair, rather than engage in a battle to topple the Government and to destabilize the nation, " the statement from Maldives also read.