Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Madagascar vote free: observers

28 October 2013, 06:36

Antananarivo - Madagascar's presidential election received international observers' nod of approval on Sunday, as counting progressed slowly two days after the poll to restore democracy.

Representatives of the European Union and regional bloc SADC welcomed Friday's vote, despite organisational hiccups preventing some from casting their ballots to end a four-year political and economic deadlock.

"The elections were free, transparent and credible," said the EU's head election observer Maria Muniz de Urquiza.

"Despite certain difficulties in the organisation, the vote went well," she said, presenting a preliminary report.

The EU hailed a "calm" campaign period and election day, she said, despite isolated incidents of violence.

Muniz de Urquiza, however, noted concern over weak voter registration levels.

"A non-negligible percentage of Malagasies are not listed on the voters' roll," she said.

"The whole of the voter potential has not been registered," she said of the 7.8 million voters out of the vast Indian Ocean island's 22 million people.

Meanwhile the Southern African Development Community (SADC) "concludes that the Madagascar elections were peaceful, calm, fair and transparent, and reflect the will of the people", according to Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, the head of its observer mission.

The SADC brokered a transitional government after strongman Andry Rajoelina seized power in an army-backed coup in 2009.

Foreign aid was frozen and the island nation was kicked out of continental body the African Union, while already-high poverty levels skyrocketed.

By Sunday afternoon ousted president Marc Ravalomanana's candidate Robinson Jean Louis was leading with 27%, after under 8% of the 20 000 voting stations reported results.

Hery Rajaonarimampianina, of Rajoelina's party, was second with just under 16 percent, suggesting an eventual run-off poll.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...