Presidential Poll

  • Maldives President steps down ahead of run-off polls November 15, 2013

    In the face of pressure from the world community, Mohamed Waheed has stepped down as President of the Maldives on the eve of the second round of the country's controversy-ridden presidential polls. Waheed, who took office after the first democratically elected President, Mohamed Nasheed, resigned under duress in February 2012, had...
  • Maldives' democratic process breaks down again amid bickering November 10, 2013

    The Maldives' top court delayed holding the second round of the country's presidential poll yet again on Sunday, prolonging a political crisis that has sparked international criticism over the Indian Ocean state's repeated failure to hold free elections. Mohamed Nasheed, the country's first democratically elected leader who first came to power...
  • Maldives: 88 per cent voter turnout in presidential polls November 9, 2013

    The Maldives saw a voter turnout of 88 percent as the Indian Ocean archipalego nation made a third attempt on Saturday to elect a new president and avoid a constitutional crisis. Voting, which started at 7 am, ended eight-and-a-half hours later and counting is now underway, local media reported. According to the...
  • Maldives gears up for presidential polls today November 9, 2013

    Male: Maldives on Friday affirmed that the controversy-ridden presidential polls set for Saturday will go ahead in order to avert a constitutional crisis. "Maldives is all geared for elections on Saturday," said Masood Imad, the spokesman for Maldivian President Mohammed Waheed. Saturday's polls will be Maldives' third attempt to elect a president...
  • Constitutional void in Maldives not a good idea: India October 20, 2013

    Expressing concern over the political crisis in the Maldives following the last-minute cancellation of the Presidential re-vote, India, on Sunday, said it is not a good idea to have a "constitutional void". "India was interested in the ongoing democratic process should be successfully completed. There should not be any hurdles," government...
  • Maldives: Presidential polls to be held on October 19 after first vote annulled October 9, 2013

    The Maldives will hold a new presidential election on October 19, the election commission announced on Wednesday, after the Supreme Court annulled a September 7 poll citing voter fraud. International election observers, including delegations from the Commonwealth, the United Nations, the European Union and India, had declared the September 7 election free...
  • Maldivian SC orders fresh presidential polls before October 20 October 8, 2013

    Male:  The Maldives must hold a fresh round of presidential polls before October 20, the Supreme Court has ruled while annulling the first phase as the government on Tuesday appealed to all parties to support new elections. The verdict is a major blow to former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed who had...
  • Maldives: SC annuls 1st round of presidential polls, calls for fresh elections October 8, 2013

    In a significant decision which may escalate the political turmoil in Maldives, the country's Supreme Court on Monday declared as null and void the first round of presidential polls in which former president Mohammed Nasheed emerged as the winner. The apex court also directed that fresh polls must be held before...
  • Maldives poll panel halts presidential election September 25, 2013

    Male: The Maldives Election Commission stopped all preparations for the presidential polls to be held this month following the Supreme Court's decision to delay the runoff. The apex court of the Maldives issued an interim order Monday indefinitely postponing the presidential elections that are expected this weekend, sparking protests from political...
  • People are with MDP, says Nasheed on 2nd round of Maldives presidential polls September 9, 2013

    Male: Campaigning started with new vigour in Maldives on Monday for the presidential run-off between Mohamed Nasheed and his nearest rival Abdulla Yameen, who formed an alliance with other parties to defeat the former president. The run-off between top two candidates on September 28 became necessary as none of the candidates...
  • Maldives: Thousands flock to cast votes as Presidential elections begin September 7, 2013

    Polling for second multi-party Presidential elections began in Maldives on Saturday with people flocking to polling stations to elect their new leader, eighteen months after first democratically elected President Mohamed Nasheed had to resign under duress. Voting began at 7:30am (0230 GMT) at 470 polling stations set up on 192 inhabited...
  • Re-elected Robert Mugabe to be sworn in on Thursday August 19, 2013

    Robert Mugabe who has won re-election as the country's next president will be sworn in on Thursday, days after his rival and country's Prime Minister withdrew a legal petition challenging his victory in the Zimbabwean presidential poll. Mugabe, 89 and the oldest leader in Africa, won the July 31 poll with...
  • Zimbabweans cast votes as presidential polls begin July 31, 2013

    Zimbabweans voted on Wednesday in a fiercely contested election pitting President Robert Mugabe against Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who has vowed to push Africa's oldest leader into retirement after 33 years in power. With no reliable opinion polls, it is hard to say whether the 61-year-old Tsvangirai will succeed in his...
  • Pakistan People's Party boycotts presidential election July 26, 2013

    The main opposition Pakistan People's Party on Friday decided to boycott next week's presidential election, saying it was left with no other option after the Supreme Court ordered the advancing of the poll. Senior PPP leader and presidential candidate Raza Rabbani said the rescheduling of the election from August 6 to...
  • From power to protest, Egypt's Brotherhood fights for life July 9, 2013

    Cairo: The Muslim Brotherhood is facing an old adversary in the fight of its life, but has few means to confront the Egyptian military that has swept it from power. Reduced to camping out on the Cairo streets, all it can do, it seems, is mourn its dead. The deaths of...
  • Kenyatta wins Kenya election, Odinga to contest result March 10, 2013

    Nairobi: Raila Odinga, beaten by Uhuru Kenyatta in Kenya's presidential election, said on Saturday that his party would contest the results in court, alleging "massive tampering" of the March 4 vote. But the outgoing prime minister also called for all Kenyans to respect the rule of law and to look upon...
  • Obama lays out battle plan as he begins second term January 22, 2013

    Washington: A confident President Barack Obama kicked off his second term on Monday with an impassioned call for a more inclusive America that rejects partisan rancor and embraces immigration reform, gay rights and the fight against climate change. Obama's ceremonial swearing-in at the US Capitol was filled with traditional pomp and...
  • Barack Obama starts 2nd term as US President January 21, 2013

    Washington: Asserting "America's possibilities are limitless," President Barack Obama declared on Monday that a decade of war is ending and the nation's economy is recovering as he launched into a second term before a flag-waving crowd of hundreds of thousands on the National Mall. "My fellow Americans, we are made for...
  • Gadkari frontrunner for BJP chief as party remains divided January 21, 2013

    New Delhi: Even as there have been big names that could have been considered for the post of the President in the party, Gadkari remains the frontrunner with a strong Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) backing. RSS has endorsed Gadkari despite him facing corruption charges and at a stage where the...
  • BJP presidential poll: Advani's proposal for Sushma not accepted January 20, 2013

    New Delhi: The fight for the post of the BJP president seems to have gotten a new twist. Sources said on Saturday that party veteran LK Advani had suggested senior party member and Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj's name for the post. However, the RSS continues...
  • US: After defeat, cloudy future ahead for Mitt Romney November 8, 2012

    Boston: Mitt Romney spent the past six years running for president. After his loss to President Barack Obama on Tuesday, he'll have to chart a different course. The initial plan is to spend time with his family. Romney has five adult sons and 18 grandchildren; a 19th is on the way. His...
  • The Last Word: What does Obama's victory mean for the US, India? November 7, 2012

    Obama in his presidential elections campaign had criticised outsourcing of jobs to countries like India saying that US needs to create jobs locally. ...
  • Dollar gains, shares dip as US election relief fades November 7, 2012

    London: The dollar rose and world shares turned lower on Wednesday as investors worried about the outlook for the US and euro zone economies after President Barack Obama's re-election. Wall Street share futures, which had pointed to a higher open on relief over the clear election outcome, also reversed course as...
  • US Elections: Obama seeks to overcome stubborn challenges November 8, 2012

    Washington: Emboldened by a resounding election victory, US President Barack Obama immediately pledged to reach across America's political divide and seek deals on stubborn issues that dogged his first term. Obama scored a clear win over Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Tuesday's vote, overcoming deep doubts among voters about his...
  • American voters confident that Obama will do well November 7, 2012

    Barack Obama was re-elected as the US President for a second term and there were celebrations after the hard-fought election. Obama says in his victory speech that the best is yet to come for the US. Americans who voted for Obama seem to be confident in him as he will continue...
  • US elections: Mitt Romney gives last minute push November 6, 2012

    Washington: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney kept up campaign frenzy even on Election Day and dashed through the swing states of Ohio and Pennsylvania for a last minute push to his election prospects. In an email to his supporters, Romney sought their vote. His campaign advisors exuded confidence that Romney would...
  • The Last Word: Who will win the US presidential election? November 6, 2012

    At least 120 million people are expected to render judgement on whether to give Barack Obama a second term or replace him with Mitt Romney....
  • Website developed to facilitate voters outside America: US embassy November 6, 2012

    A US Election officer in New Delhi said that they are expecting more people to vote in this election, both in the US and overseas. ...
  • US elections: Romney's campaign lays groundwork for transition team November 5, 2012

    Washington: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign team has quietly been preparing itself for the transition to presidency if he manages to defeat incumbent US President Barack Obama. Mindful of the fact that in the last 100 years only three sitting presidents George H W Bush, Jimmy Carter and Gerald...
  • US Elections: Storm-wrecked New Yorkers may get extra day of voting November 5, 2012

    New York: For the first time, voters in some counties in New York may get an extra day to vote if disruptions caused by Superstorm Sandy prevent enough people from showing up at the November 6 Presidential polls, a state official has said. County election officials could ask the New York...