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Poll survey against election code of conduct: CEC Yadav

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KATHMANDU — Chief Election Commissioner Dr Ayodhee Prasad Yadav said poll survey on the elections to the House of Representatives and State Assemblies is against the election code of conduct and punishable.

Poll survey violates election code of conduct in the context that the first phase elections are recently concluded, and the second phase is set for December 7, he said talking to media-persons at the office of Election Commission today.

Poll survey from any organisation is barred from the date of the nomination filing of poll candidates until the results are out, he added.

He also requested media not to give space to such poll survey conducted in violation of election code of conduct.

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Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency

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MALE — Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has beaten incumbent Abdulla Yameen according to provisional results, the country’s Elections Commission says.

Results released by the Elections Commission showed Mr Solih securing 133,808 votes (58.3 percent) compared to the 95,526 for incumbent Abdulla Yameen. The voter turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 262,000-strong electorate.

The Maldives government has acknowledged the opposition’s victory after the vote on Sunday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen who was widely expected to win.

There were no other candidates.

Mr Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Mr Yameen, but struggled for visibility with the electorate, with local media fearful of falling afoul of heavy-handed decrees and reporting restrictions.

“I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power,” Solih said on television, shortly after interim results from the country’s election commission.

“We have won this election with a comfortable majority,” Solih said.

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