The Maldivian clinic in how not to elect a president continues. This time, the country managed to complete (apparently) its first round, on Saturday. With no candidate obtaining a majority, the runoff was scheduled for the next day. The Supreme Court rejected holding the runoff Sunday after a petition from two of the trailing candidates.
Has any country or other jurisdiction ever attempted to hold a runoff the day after the first round? I doubt it!
The reason for the (attempted) haste is that the already-delayed first round was only days before the incumbent’s term expires. At this point, no one knows who the country’s chief executive will be on Monday.
Yes, folks, this is the stuff of constitutional crises.
Oh, by the way, the leading candidate in the first round was again Mohammed Rasheed, with 46.9%, a little bit better than he got in the annulled 7 September vote. The next two candidates had 29.7% and 23.3%. With the first candidate yet again just percentage points from the victory threshold and a first-second gap of over 15 percentage points, it is quite evident who will win–if voters ever get a chance to have their final say.