(Xinhua) -- The Zambian government on
Tuesday expressed optimism that Madagascar will hold free and
fair presidential elections.
Madagascar will hold the
first round of presidential elections on Nov. 7 and the second
round will be held on Dec. 19, 2018.
Joseph Malanji, Zambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, said he
was confident that the work done by all stakeholders would
necessitate the holding of free and fair elections.
The Zambian minister, in remarks delivered as Southern
African Development Community (SADC) Head of Mission and Chair
of SADC Ministers on the Organ on Defense, Security and Peace,
said he was satisfied that the electoral register was audited
and verified and that the electoral body had met its target to
register voters, according to a statement.
He further dismissed calls by some opposition parties for the
suspension of the electoral process, saying the calls were
African Union deploy
election observers for Malagasy presidential elections
ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
The African Union (AU) on Tuesday announced that
it has deployed observation mission in Madagascar for the
presidential election scheduled to take place in the country on
the November 7, 2018.
The Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat,
has authorized the AU election observation mission (AUEOM) being
deployed in the country in two phases, according to a statement
from AU on Tuesday.
Eight long-term election experts have been deployed since
Oct. 16 and will stay until Dec. 21. Another batch of short-term
observers will be deployed in the second phase on Nov. 1.
The objectives of the mission include among others, providing
an accurate and impartial reporting of the quality of the
It also provides recommendations for improvement of future
elections based on the findings.
Madagascar’s President Hery Rajaonarimampianina resigned on
Sept. 7 to participate in the upcoming presidential election.
According to the Malagasy Constitution, an incumbent
president needs to resign from post 60 days ahead of the
election if the president seeks a re-election.