Amid the ongoing electoral process in the island nation of Maldives, it has emerged that incumbent government has barred free and open coverage of the island’s third-ever multi party presidential election since 2008.
There are close to 2,60,000 Maldivians who will cast their vote on Sunday itself.
The government is under pressure as it has barred many international journalists from traveling to Maldives to cover the elections.
There is also provision that business visas has been made to be required for those who wanted to cover the September 23 Presidential polls.
The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) denounces recent developments in the island nation of Maldives.
So much is the question on the electoral fairness that international observers such as the European Union and the United Nations have also not sent in their teams because the government has failed to comply with the Supreme Court order of February 1 to release all political prisoners and reinstate the 12 ousted MPs.>