Presidential election goes to second round runoff
The result of the first round of the presidential election in São Tomé and Príncipe which took place on 17th July was announced yesterday. As no candidate exceeded 50% of the vote a second round will be held on 7th August.
In the first round incumbent president, Manuel Pinto da Costa won 24.83% of the vote whilst Evaristo Carvalho of the centrist Independent Democratic Action (ADI) topped the poll with 49.8% and will face him at the second round runoff. Maria das Neves of the centre-left Movement for the Liberation of São Tomé and Príncipe/Social Democratic Party (MLSTP/PSD) was the only other candidate with a substantive vote and she took 24.31% of the vote.
In the first round of the 2011 presidential election President da Costa took 35.63% of the vote compared with 21.79% for Evaristo Carvalho with a 68.4% turnout.
Turnout in 2016 was 64.31% of the 111,222 eligible voters.