In Latest Snag, Police Block Maldives Vote For President A supporter of the presidential candidate Mohamed Nasheed, who was ousted as president last year, yelled at the police during a rally on Saturday in Male. NEW DELHI â€” The police in the island nation of Maldives blocked a rescheduled presidential election on Saturday, setting the stage for a potential constitutional crisis if there is no replacement for the current president when his term runs out in November. Election commission officials said they could not carry out the planned vote because the police had surrounded the commissionâ€™s offices in the capital, Male, and would not allow personnel to do their work. The police said they had been forced to act because some candidates had not approved the voter rolls. The abrupt cancellation has further dimmed prospects for democracy in Maldives, a country of 350,000 in the Indian Ocean that held its first democratic elections in 2008 after decades of autocratic rule. The democratic upheaval began with the resignation last year of the countryâ€™s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Nasheed, under circumstances that his supporters describe as a coup. A presidential election was held in September, and Mr. Nasheed won the largest number of votes, 45 percent. But the results of that vote, which were supposed to lead to a runoff, were annulled after one of the losing candidates complained of irregularities. N. Manoharan, a Delhi-based political analyst, called the cancellation Saturday â€œan institutional failure.â€ He added that, though voters were enthusiastic about participating, â€œthe scales are tilted against democracy.â€ Britainâ€™s foreign secretary, William Hague, said new delays â€œwill be seen as nothing less than an attempt to frustrate the democratic process,â€ according to Reuters. Hamid Abdul Ghafoor, a spokesman for Mr. Nasheedâ€™s party, said constituencies within the police, judiciary and security forces remained sympathetic to the countryâ€™s former autocratic leader, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. Mr. Ghafoor said those groups had worked together to hamper a democratic transition. â€œThere is a mandate developing for the international community to intervene and restrain these undemocratic forces,â€ Mr. Ghafoor said. â€œWe are in no manâ€™s land right now.â€ Late Saturday, President Mohamed Waheed Hassan proposed that the new vote be held next Saturday. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/20/w...esidential-election-in-the-maldives.html?_r=0 ***************************************************************** Nasheed has won the last election but barely missed the 50% voe requirement and so the re-election as per the Constitutional rules. He had been ousted in a coup and replaced by the dictator Gayoom's protege. It appears that teh Gayoom faction is hell bent to ensure theat teh power remains in teir hands. And India was backing Gayoom!