Cape Verde

Presidential election today


Four candidates will be vying to be the new president in presidential elections today to take over from President Pedro Pires after serving his two terms (2001 & 2006).

The contest has become less certain with Manuel Inocēncia Sousa, the official candidate of the ruling African Party for Independence of Cape Verde (PAICV), being challenged by a fellow PAICV candidate, Aristides Lima, who was unsuccessful in his selection and is standing as an Independent.

Mr Lima is standing on 27% in the opinion polls and Mr Sousa on 22%. This split may benefit Jorge Carlos Fonseca of the main opposition party, Movement for Democracy (MFD) who is on 21%.

The fourth candidate, Independent Joaquim Monteiro, has just 1% support according to the opinuion polls.

If the result is inconclusive then there will be a runoff second round for the top two candidates.

Around 300,000 people have registered to vote of whom 36,934 are diaspora voting overseas. There are around 900 polling stations on the island group and they will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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