The Elections Commission of Maldives (EC) has urged political parties and supporters of presidential candidates to refrain from indulging in activities that will disturb the peace of the electoral environment and pave the path to violence and disruption.
Vice President of the commission Ismail Habeeb revealed that the right to campaign guaranteed by the Maldives Constitution is a fundamental right guaranteed to every candidate.
He added that it is an electoral offence to interfere, ridicule or disrupt the right of any candidate to campaign.
Stressing that there are only a few days left for the second round, Habeeb appealed on political parties and supporters of candidates to refrain from indulging in activities that could disturb the peace of the electoral environment.
With the second round of elections scheduled to be held on September 30, there have been incidents of violence and disruption reported in the congested capital, Malé City and outlying atolls.
One such incident was reported on Sunday, while First Lady Fazna Ahmed was conducting a door-to-door campaign at Hiyaa towers in Hulhumalé on Sunday. She was mocked and harassed by two men who tried to disrupt the campaign activity by hurling abuses at the first lady.
Although an arrest was made in connection with this case, the suspect was released on Sunday.