Cape Verde votes in Presidential Election
The voters of Cape Verde will be choosing from three candidates in today’s presidential election.
Jorge Carlos Fonseca; President since 2011 and representing the Movement for Democracy (MpD) which ruled from 1991 to 2001 and returned to power in the general election this year. The MpD also won recent local elections and Jorge Fonseca is expected to win in the first round.
Joaquim Jaime Monteiro; Independent calling himself the People’s Candidate.
Albertino Graça; Independent but appears to have the ‘sympathy’ of the African Party of Independence of Cape Verde (PAICV) which lost power in March this year in the general election and failed to put up a candidate of its own.
There are 361,206 voters registered to vote in this election with 47,133 voting overseas. The 1,019 polling stations will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time and a further 274 polling stations will be open in overseas missions. If no candidate obtains more than 50% of the vote then a second round is held.
The president holds an executive role although the prime minister is head of government. The presidential term is for five years with a second consecutive term permitted.