On Sunday 28 July, the Maldives Elections Commission determined the order of candidates on the ballot paper for the 2013 Presidential elections in September. Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt said:
I welcome the confirmation that the chosen candidates of all political parties will be able to participate in Maldivian Presidential elections this coming September.
It is vital for the good of the citizens in this young democracy that both campaigning and elections are judged to be free, fair and peaceful. We hope that all parties will honour free and fair election results and work to ensure a peaceful transition to post electoral politics. No matter who wins, co-operation between political parties will be vital in order to work for the good of the Maldivian people, and consolidate democratic institutions.
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