Madagascar (Xinhua) -- Andry Rajoelina
and Marc Ravalomanana, two former presidents of Madagascar, were
leading in the country’s presidential election, according to
preliminary results published by the Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday.
30,667 votes, or 44.42 percent of the votes cast, followed by
Ravalomanana with 28,258, or 40.93 percent, according to the
Former President Hery Rajaonarimampianina, who resigned in
order to campaign in the election, was in the third place with
2,241 votes, or 3.25 percent.
On Thursday afternoon, the INEC processed 1.25 percent of the
24,852 polling stations until 15:10 local time (12:10 GMT).
Voter turnout was estimated at 48.96 percent in the
presidential election, said the INEC.
The INEC has 12 days from November 7 to publish the
provisional results. If no candidate wins more than 50 percent
of the votes, the second round of voting will be held on Dec.
kicks off in Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO Madagascar (Xinhua) --
Madagascar kicked off its first round
of the presidential election on Wednesday to select their future
leader for the next five years.
According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
of Madagascar, over 9.9 million registered voters are expected
to cast their ballots at 24,582 polling stations across the
country from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time.
A total of 36 candidates participate in the election,
including two former presidents Marc Ravalomanana and Hery
Rajaonarimampianina, as well as the former transitional
president Andry Rajoelina.
They are also considered to be the top three candidates in
The diplomatic missions and international organizations such
as European Union have been accredited to observe the
presidential poll in the country.
According to the INEC, the counting of the votes will begin
after the close of voting, and the result of the first round
will be proclaimed before Nov. 19.
If no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the votes, the
second round of voting will be held on Dec. 19.
Madagascar hold first round Presidential polls on