Incumbent President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, who is seeking a second term under the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)’s banner, has guaranteed that he will not stifle any form of opposition.

Addressing his supporters at a campaign rally in Kolamaafushi of Gaaf Alif Atoll, President Solih recalled the incidents of the 2018 elections when 19 of his party activists were detained just a day before the election, preventing them from voting.

He emphasised the significance of remembering these occurrences, as citizens should be aware that the way they cast their votes could lead to history repeating itself.

“As our coalition concludes its term and as we embark on this election journey, you will not witness any such hostilities against our competitors from us,” he declared.

He reassured that all eight, and “even twelve if it were the case,” will have equitable and unbiased opportunities to campaign and compete in the 9 September Presidential Elections.

While President Solih affirmed his commitment to upholding the integrity of the electoral space, he has faced multiple protests from opposition supporters during his campaign trail. Recently, the venue for a campaign rally in Madaveli, Gaaf Dhaal, was set on fire just before his arrival.