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Maldives officials refuse to move up revote date

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October 28, 2013 03:16 AM EST | AP


MALE, Maldives (AP) — Maldives officials have rejected a proposal by the country's presidential candidates to hold a revote of a much troubled election before the incumbent's term ends in order to avoid a constitutional crisis.

The three candidates in a rare instance of unanimity proposed Monday that the elections commission move up its third attempt at holding the election before Nov. 11 when President Mohamed Waheed Hassan's term ends.

Candidate Mohamed Nasheed says Commissioner Fuwad Thoufeek rejected the proposal, citing a lack of time and resources.

The country's Supreme Court earlier this month annulled a Sept. 7 election and ordered a revote, which was canceled after police intervened and stopped it. The conflict stems from allegations from two candidates that the voters' register contained imaginary names and those of dead people.