The 23 September presidential polls in the Indian Ocean archipelago acquired geo-strategic dimensions for South Asia and beyond much before incumbent President Abdulla Yameen filed his nomination for a second term — and domestic, democracy concerns that it aired. Both concerns got overlapped during the campaign for the polls, which is also the first one-on-one election since the nation became a multiparty democracy in 2008. The stakes were high and the poll results are going to make waves in the neighbourhood.
N. Sathiya Moorthy is Director of ORF Chennai. He has been a long-time observer of the Maldives.
The timing of this event is from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.