09 Oct 2013, 09:50 am Print
The country’s Supreme Court annulled the results of the first round of polls, which had been held on , and called for a new vote.
“The Secretary-General takes note of the Maldivian Supreme Court’s decision,” his spokesperson said in a statement.
The spokesperson added that Ban “acknowledges the continuing efforts by the Elections Commission of the Maldives.”
Earlier , the Commission announced that a revote will be held .
The election had been seen as an important step in the country’s democratic transition.
The Maldives underwent a change of Government in 2012, when the previous democratically-elected President, Mohamed Nasheed, resigned in contested circumstances.
He was succeeded by his former deputy, Mohammed Waheed Hassan.
The first round of the presidential election was widely recognized as a success by international and domestic election observers.
A second round had been scheduled for Sept 28.
UN Photo/Steve Tickner
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