The president of the Maldives says the presidential election will likely be held Saturday after he mediated an agreement among the three candidates on a disputed voters' register.

The two previous election attempts failed.

The Supreme Court annulled results of a Sept. 7 election because it said fake names and dead people were on the voters' list. Police stopped a second attempt last month because all the candidates had not approved the voters' register as the Supreme Court mandated.

President Mohamed Waheed Hassan told reporters Wednesday that he had explained to the candidates the importance of having an election as scheduled and the candidates have agreed to endorse the list.