The Secretary-General congratulates the people of the Maldives on the peaceful and transparent conduct of the Presidential election on 9 November, following so many obstacles and delays. The participation was very high, with voter turnout exceeding 80 per cent. The Secretary-General commends the Elections Commission for again administering the process professionally and credibly. He also commends the extraordinary patience of voters and citizens, and reiterates that their will must be respected.
Nonetheless, the Secretary-General is gravely concerned at the decision to delay the second round scheduled for 10 November. He urgently calls on all political actors and state institutions to show restraint, to respect the legitimate will of the people expressed in the election on 9 November, and to conclude the presidential election process without further delay in the best interest of the Maldivian people.
The Secretary-General will continue to closely monitor the situation and stands ready to provide the support of the United Nations for democratic progress.