As the sun sets on the eve of the 2023 presidential election in the Maldives, candidates from various parties have wrapped up their spirited campaigns with rallies and calls for a peaceful and harmonious future for the nation.
This election marks a historic moment for the Maldives, with the highest number of candidates competing for the presidency. Among the frontrunners in this closely watched race are the incumbent President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and Dr. Mohammed Muizzu, the candidate from the People’s National Congress (PNC) and Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM).
President Solih, in the final hours of his campaign, rallied with a massive crowd of supporters at Usfasgandu in Male’ City. In his address, he appealed to every eligible voter to exercise their privilege wisely. He urged the public to cast their votes for the candidate they believe can lead the country towards peace and harmony.
Dr. Muizzu, his main rival, staged a spirited rally in the streets of Male’ City to conclude his campaign. Supporters of the PNC/PPM turned out in large numbers to back Dr. Muizzu, as well as his incarcerated predecessor, Abdulla Yameen, who faced bribery and money laundering convictions earlier this year. Dr. Muizzu pledged to elevate the nation to new heights and vowed to work with honesty and humility to address the needs of the Maldivian people.
Meanwhile, Qasim Ibrahim, the leader of the Jumhoree Party, also organized a significant rally in the streets of Male’ on the eve of the election. Promising solutions to the country’s current financial challenges and debt crisis, Qasim Ibrahim presented himself as an alternative candidate with a vision for economic recovery.
Ilyas Labeeb, representing the Democrats, concluded his campaign at Sultan Park in Male’, where he addressed a large gathering of supporters. Labeeb committed to ensuring financial capability for every citizen, emphasizing his dedication to advancing the country to new heights through development.
Independent candidates Umar Naseer, Faris Maumoon, and Hassan Zameel did not host any campaign activities on this final day, but they remain strong contenders in the upcoming election. As the Maldivian electorate prepares to cast their votes, the nation eagerly anticipates the results of this highly competitive presidential race, which will shape the future of the Maldives.