Maldives' Supreme Court ruling: Sir Donald McKinnon statement

24 September 2013

Commonwealth Secretary-General's Special Envoy Sir Don McKinnon comments on the 23 September ruling by the Maldives' Supreme Court temporarily halting the second round of the presidential election

"The people of Maldives went to the polls in good faith on 7 September to elect a president. That election was found by national and international observers, notably by a high-level and experienced Commonwealth Observer Group, to be competitive and credible.

"It is therefore deeply worrying to hear comments calling for the annulment of that election. No election anywhere is going to be absolutely perfect and there was no evidence or claim before the election that the voter register was manifestly so deficient as to so distort the outcome.

"I therefore hope very much that the Supreme Court will deliver its judgment expeditiously in the case pending before it so that the second round can be held, and the verdict of the Maldivian people determined, without further delay.

"As I have stated before, the Maldivian people must be the winners in this election - they are  collectively more important than any one political leader. The people of Maldives worked hard to get a democratic constitution, they want it respected and it is their right that the elections deliver a result that reflects the wishes of the majority."