The opposition alliance of the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and the People’s National Congress (PNC) has claimed that the 2018 presidential election was rigged with the help of the police.
The statement was published by the opposition alliance in reaction to an allegedly leaked police report based on testimony obtained during the 2018 presidential election.
PNC President Abdul Raheem Abdulla said in a news conference conducted by the opposition on Sunday that the Maldives Police Service’s unwillingness to provide a comment even after 24 hours of the leaked report proved that it was authentic.
According to Abdul Raheem, the fact that a report proving that the election was rigged has been with the police for so long raises questions about their culpability.
Since the 2018 presidential election, the opposition has claimed that it was “stolen,” an accusation that Abdul Raheem reaffirmed in the news conference on Sunday.
“One of the most fundamental aspects of democracy is free and independent elections,” he added, “but the report proves that the election held in 2018 was not.”
According to the leaked police report on the 2018 presidential election, many behaviors were seen during and after the poll that violated election laws and regulations. While 54 complaints were highlighted, the report also stated that the Elections Commission had threatened vote monitors, placed more ballots into the box, and permitted repeated voting.
The Maldives Police Service has yet to publish a statement in reaction to the leaked report.