Madagascar votes in Presidential first round today
The Independent National Electoral Commission of the Transition (CENI-T) has announced that there are 7,697,382 eligible voters who can vote at 20,115 polling stations today to elect a new president for the country.
This important election is the first to take place since incumbent President Andry Rajoelina ousted Marc Ravalomanana from power in 2009 in a military backed coup d’état. Since then Marc Ravalomanana has been forced to flee the country, the international community has condemned the coup and placed sanctions which have crippled the economy and under the auspices of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) elections have been brokered. The road to elections has been fraught with three postponements this year alone.
Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana as well as Lalao Ravalomanana (wife of the former president) and another former president Didier Ratsiraka have been barred by the constitutional court from standing in the election.
There are 33 candidates standing in the election and there will almost certainly be a second round which is currently slated for 20th December. The front runners are Hery Martial Rakotoarimanana Rajaonarimampianina who is being backed by Andry Rajoelina’s party which in effect means he has the support of the incumbent president. Also Richard Jean-Louis Robinson who is being openly backed by Marc Ravalomanana and Edgard Razafindravahy a media tycoon. They stand the best chance of being in the run-off vote on 20th December when legislative elections will also take place.
Polling stations opened at 6 a.m. and will close at 5 p.m. with results expected no later than 8th November.
The full list of candidates as approved by the Constitutional Court on 21st August and as published on their website is as follows:
1. ANDRIANAINARIVELO Hajo Herivelona
2. LAHINIRIKO Jean
3. RATSIRAKA Iarovana Roland
4. RABEHARISON Roland Dieu Donné (also known as VAHÖMBEY)
5. RAJAONARIVELO Pierrot Jocelyn
6. JEAN-LOUIS Robinson Richard
7. RABEHARISOA Saraha
8. RAKOTO Jean Pierre
9. RABETSAROANA Willy Sylvain
10. RABEMANANANTSOA Brigitte Ihantanirina
11. RAZAFIMANAZATO Julien
12. RAZAFIARISON Laza
13. MONJA Roindefo Zafitsimivalo
14. RANDRIAMAMPIONONA Joseph Martin
15. RAJEMISON RAKOTOMAHARO
16. VONINAHITSY Jean Eugène
17. RAVALISAONA Clément Zafisolo
18. TEHINDRAZANARIVELO Djacoba Alain
19. RAJAONARY Patrick Ratsimba
20. LEZAVA Fleury Rabarison
21. DOFO Mickaël Bréchard
22. RANDRIAMANANTSOA Tabera
23. NOELSON William
24. RATRIMOARIVONY Guy
25. FAHARO RATSIMBALSON
26. RAKOTO ANDRIANIRINA Fetison
27. RATREMA William
28. RAHARIMANANA Venance Patrick
29. TINASOA Freddy
30. RADAVIDSON ANDRIAMPARANY Benjamin
31. RAZAFINDRAVAHY Edgard Marie Noé
32. VITAL Albert Camille
33. RAJAONARIMAMPIANINA RAKOTOARIMANANA Hery Martial.