Maldive’s poll body officially declares Solih winner in Presidential election
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Maldive’s poll body officially declares Solih winner in Presidential election

Male, Sep 29: Maldive's Election Commission on Saturday officially declared Ibrahim Mohamed Solih as winner of the country's presidential poll.

As per the poll body, Solih of the Maldivian Democratic Party, secured 38,484 more votes than the incumbent president, Abdulla Yameen. Solih is the joint candidate of the opposition parties - the Maldivian Democratic Party, Jumhooree Party, and the religious Adhaalath Party.

While Solih secured 1,34,705 votes, Yameen managed only 96,052 votes. Yameen's Progressive Party of Maldives has alleged fraud, while security forces have pledged to uphold the election result.

Head of the Elections Commission Ahmed Shareef told media persons that there had been no undue influence and bribes. "We received several phone calls in which we were threatened with physical harm. I would like to say that this is not something that made us hesitate in our duties. We did not respond to it because the state’s security services were providing security arrangements for all the commissioners,” Shareef said at the news conference. (UNI)