Maldives poll fight goes to streets

AFP-JIJI

Maldivian opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed vowed to fight for elections on Sunday, a day after police forced the postponement of the presidential vote he was expected to win.

Nasheed, a former president, told supporters at a rally in the capital that they should keep up their campaign to ensure elections in a country that adopted multiparty elections five years ago.

Maldivian police moved to stop the independent Elections Commission from holding Saturday’s presidential vote, saying it was “illegal,” a move that triggered international concern. Nasheed was widely expected to win Saturday’s ballot after securing more than 45 percent of the vote in the now-annulled Sept. 7 poll.