New York

20 October 2013

Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the Maldives

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the delay of the re-run of the 7 September first round presidential election annulled by the Supreme Court, despite concerted efforts by the Maldives Elections Commission. The Secretary-General calls on all parties to maintain calm and urges political leaders and state institutions to live up to their responsibilities, respect the democratic process and participate in a credible, peaceful and inclusive re-run election as soon as possible, so that a new president can be inaugurated on 11 November in accordance with the Constitution. 

The aspirations and the will of the Maldivian people were expressed in the 88 per cent participation of eligible voters in the 7 September election. The Secretary-General strongly believes that the legitimate will of the people should not be denied.