Presidential election second round today


Guinea-Bissau will vote for the second time to elect a President today. In the first round turnout was 89.29%, a record amount which amply demonstrates the will of the people to see the democratic process completed after disrupted presidential elections in 2012.

In the first round on 13TH April José Mário Vaz of the ruling African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) took 257,572 votes and 40.98% of the vote. He will face Nuno Gomes Na Bian (Nabiam), an Independent and favourite of the military who stopped the final round in 2012. He took 156,163 votes in the second round on 13th April giving him 24.79% of the vote.

Vaz (57) was the Finance Minister in Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior’s Cabinet at the time of the 2012 military coup. The PAIGC won the parliamentary polls which also took place on 13th April, taking 57 of the 102 seats in the National People’s Assembly, although that was a drop of ten seats on the previous election held in 2008.

Nuno Gomes Na Bian (51) is from the Balanta ethnic group and is the former chair of the country’s Civil Aviation Authority. He has the support of the army and the Party for Social Renewal (PRS) which came second in the general election with 41 seats, up 13 seats on 2008.

The 775,508 registered voters will vote between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. local time.

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