Doctored photos of Twitter and Facebook notifications have been circulated with fake headlines.
The man had worked as an engineer at the airport for 26 years.
Former home minister Umar Naseer decided to sit out this year's contest.
The Elections Commission rejected the little-known businessman's candidacy Friday morning.
Better local facilities meant the Indian helicopters were redundant, a Maldives ambassador said.
The president did not hand his own papers in because he was busy.
The elections body said it would decide on the candidacy within 48 hours.
An annex listing the individuals or entities targeted by the sanctions remains blank.
The Maldives accused Canada of a "clear violation of the international conventions and norms."
Yameen told his home minister not to be "overwhelmed" by Rilwan's abduction, according to chat logs from a cabinet Viber group seen by the Maldives Independent.
The deadline for submitting re-registration forms is Saturday.
The lawmakers were arrested on Gadhdhoo ahead of President Yameen's visit to the island.
About 260,000 people are eligible to vote in the presidential election.
The minister said he used Facebook to get news of a threat out fast.
The opposition accused President Abdulla Yameen of 'running scared' of the election.