Presidential Polls

  • Maldives President steps down ahead of run-off polls 15-11-2013 04:49 PM

    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,...
  • Maldives' democratic process breaks down again amid bickering 10-11-2013 11:19 AM

    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...
  • Maldives: 88 per cent voter turnout in presidential polls 09-11-2013 11:36 PM

    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...
  • Maldives gears up for presidential polls today 09-11-2013 08:59 AM

    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...
  • Constitutional void in Maldives not a good idea: India 20-10-2013 10:26 PM

    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,"...
  • Maldives: Presidential polls to be held on October 19 after first vote annulled 09-10-2013 01:45 PM

    The Maldiveswill 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...
  • Maldivian SC orders fresh presidential polls before October 20 08-10-2013 08:57 PM

    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...
  • Maldives: SC annuls 1st round of presidential polls, calls for fresh elections 08-10-2013 07:25 AM

    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...
  • Maldives poll panel halts presidential election 25-09-2013 09:39 AM

    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...
  • People are with MDP, says Nasheed on 2nd round of Maldives presidential polls 09-09-2013 05:32 PM

    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...
  • Maldives: Thousands flock to cast votes as Presidential elections begin 07-09-2013 09:18 AM

    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...
  • Re-elected Robert Mugabe to be sworn in on Thursday 19-08-2013 10:41 AM

    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...
  • Zimbabweans cast votes as presidential polls begin 31-07-2013 03:37 PM

    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...
  • Pakistan People's Party boycotts presidential election 26-07-2013 07:17 PM

    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...
  • From power to protest, Egypt's Brotherhood fights for life 09-07-2013 05:40 AM

    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...
  • US: After defeat, cloudy future ahead for Mitt Romney 08-11-2012 01:30 AM

    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...
  • Dollar gains, shares dip as US election relief fades 07-11-2012 09:01 PM

    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...
  • US Elections: Obama seeks to overcome stubborn challenges 07-11-2012 06:37 PM

    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...
  • US elections: Mitt Romney gives last minute push 06-11-2012 11:41 PM

    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...
  • US elections: Romney's campaign lays groundwork for transition team 05-11-2012 11:10 PM

    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 05-11-2012 05:37 PM

    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...
  • US: Romney pledges bipartisanship in final push 04-11-2012 09:54 PM

    Des Moines, Iowa: Two days ahead of the election, Republican Mitt Romney is renewing his pledge to work with Democrats on Capitol Hill if elected. He's also promising to overturn Democrats' signature achievements. The Republican presidential candidate says he'll begin to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law on day...
  • US: Obama focuses on turnout, Romney on Pennsylvania 04-11-2012 09:25 PM

    Washington: Just two days from the finish, President Barack Obama's campaign is mobilizing a massive get-out-the-vote effort aimed at carrying the Democrat to victory, as Republican Mitt Romney makes a late play for votes in Democratic-leaning Pennsylvania. Both campaigns were predicting wins in Tuesday's election. Obama was closing out the...
  • Obama, Romney look for edge as campaign nears end 03-11-2012 10:02 PM

    Washington: US President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney launched a frenzied final weekend of campaigning on Saturday seeking an edge in a handful of battleground states that will decide the outcome of a tight presidential race that is going down to the wire. National opinion polls showed a...
  • Obama's campaign slogan is forewarned not forward: Romney 02-11-2012 08:13 AM

    Washington: Prompted by his visit to a recently shut-down business in Virginia, Mitt Romney has said that Obama's administration campaign slogan should be "forewarned" and not "forward". Five days ahead of the November 6 elections, Romney made an unscheduled stop on Thursday at Bill's Barbecue in Richmond, Virginia which closed...