Second round runoff to be announced
With no candidate receiving more than 50% of the vote in Sunday’s presidential election a second round runoff is now inevitable.
The frontrunner, Carlos Gomes Júnior who was prime minister until resigning to stand for president, was just short of a majority with 49% of the vote. The second placed candidate, former president Kumba Yala took 23% of the vote.
Kumba Yala has indicated that he may not stand in a second round runoff because he, along with other presidential candidates, felt that the election was fraudulent. Members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) who sent observers say that the poll was conducted under ‘acceptable conditions of freedom and transparency’.