BANGUI, Central African Republic, November 7, 2018
BANGUI, Central African Republic, November 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --
Today, 7 November, at 6 a.m. local time, polling stations opened throughout Madagascar. The total number of polling stations in the country amount to 24,582. Large queues of citizens wishing to vote immediately formed at some polling stations. About 10 million citizens are expected to take part in the voting.
Elections are being held without significant disruptions. Only in the Ambohipo quarter of the capital, Antananarivo, is voting delayed due to the fact that the ballots were not delivered on time to the polling station.
The elections are being monitored by 15,000 international observers. A hotline for complaints of voting violations has been set up: 034-30-810-01.
Ernest Razafindraibe, general rapporteur of the CENI, stressed: "The polling stations are registered and located geographically on an atlas and are now available online on the website of the CENI, in order to ensure the transparency of the vote and especially to avoid the rumors about the non-existence of some polling stations," according to the linfo.re (https://www.linfo.re/ocean-indien/madagascar/madagascar-premier-tour-de-l-election-presidentielle )
Thirty-five candidates are taking part in the first round of the presidential elections, three of them former presidents of the country: Marc Ravalomanana, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, and Andriy Rajoelina. If no candidate obtains 50% of the vote, a second round will take place on 19 December 2018.
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