Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Madagascar Election (2013)

For the latest results updates, follow the Élection Madagascar twitter feed (@ElectionMada), or check out the page at DemocracyAroundTheWorld.

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From other at my other page, DemocracyAroundTheWorld.

Some analysis of the current Madagascar Election:

About the election:
  • This is the first election following a military takeover led by Andry Rajoelina in 2009, widely regarded as a coup d’état
  • After 5 years of turmoil, Madagascar voters are returning to the polls to elect a President and members of both Houses of Parliament (Senate and National Assembly)
  • First Presidential run-off held in October, no clear winner; top two candidates to contest second round run-off on December 20, on same day as Parliamentary elections.  These were Jean Louis Robinson and Hery Rajaonarimampianina.

The importance of the election:
With huge economic, political and social implications hinging on the result, this election is accordingly being watched closely by the international community.  There have been concerns about the potential validity of the vote, with concerns the vote will be “rigged”.  In response, the EU has already sent a delegation of 123 observers for the elections, who will report in the days and months following Dec 20.

For more information and analysis, check out the page at DATW.

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