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Commonwealth observer group issues Final Report on Maldives Presidential elections
30-11-2008

Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma has issued the Final Report of the Commonwealth Observer Group which observed the Maldives Presidential Election on 8 October 2008 and the subsequent run-off elections on 28 October. He noted that "the high level of transparency, inclusiveness, determination and interest of the electorate to participate in such large numbers stood out as positive features". The Group also encouraged the Maldives government to implement the Group's recommendations for further strengthening the electoral process and procedures ahead of the forthcoming parliamentary elections, expected to be held by 15 February 2009. In particular, issues relating to the process of voter registration and compilation of the voter list.The report was also presented to the Commonwealth Secretary General.

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