Madagascar opens polls for presidential elections

2018-11-08 09:52:33

The people of Madagascar along with the three front runners in the November 7 presidential elections have cast their ballots.

On Wednesday, President Hery Rajaonarimampianina and his two main rivals who double as former presidents, Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana, voted in different polling stations in the capital of the Indian Ocean island, Antananarivo.

After voting, they urged the nearly 10 million registered voters to vote wisely.

“I call on all Malagasy people to make their choices, in order to determine who will lead the country for the next five years,” said Malagasy presidential candidate, Andry Rajoelina

For his part, Marc Ravalomanana enjoined his countrymen and countrywomen to exercise their civil duties as unto the nation.

I appeal to all Malagasy people who have the right to vote, to do their duty for the nation

A total of 9.9 million people have registered to vote in the elections, which comprises of a total of 36 candidates.

A total of 24,852 polling stations have been set up to facilitate smooth voting on election day.

If the candidate who garners 50 percent-plus-one of total votes cast in the national election, he will be declared president.

The Constitution of Madagascar requires that a second round of the election is set for a later date, December 19 this year, if no candidate garners enough votes to be declared the outright winner.