Maldives police stop presidential revote

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Updated: Fri, 18 Oct 2013 10:16:52 EST

MALE, Maldives (AP) — Maldives police have blocked officials from conducting a presidential revote, saying that holding the election would violate a Supreme Court order. Elections Commissioner Fuwad Thowfeek attempted to hold Saturday's election as scheduled, but told The Associated Press that the ground floor of his building was full of policemen stopping his staff from carrying election material outside. He then called the election off. A police officer says the election was stopped because the commissioner has not complied with a court order to have the voters' list endorsed by the candidates. Two candidates have not approved it. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to reporters. The Supreme Court in the Indian Ocean nation annulled results of the Sept. 7 presidential election and ordered a revote.

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