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ANTANANARIVO Madagascar (Xinhua) -- Madagascar’s former president Hery Rajaonarimampianina [left] gestures during his election campaign in Antananarivo, Madagascar. Hery Rajaonarimampianina resigned on September 07 from post to participate in the upcoming presidential election due to be held on November 07 following an order by the High Constitutional Court, the president said in an official statement to the nation. XINHUA PHOTOS - SITRAKA RAJAONARISON

Zambia confident that Madagascar is
holding free and fair presidential polls

LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) -- The Zambian government on Tuesday expressed optimism that Madagascar will hold free and fair presidential elections.

Madagascar will hold the first round of presidential elections on Nov. 7 and the second round will be held on Dec. 19, 2018.

Joseph Malanji, Zambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, said he was confident that the work done by all stakeholders would necessitate the holding of free and fair elections.

The Zambian minister, in remarks delivered as Southern African Development Community (SADC) Head of Mission and Chair of SADC Ministers on the Organ on Defense, Security and Peace, said he was satisfied that the electoral register was audited and verified and that the electoral body had met its target to register voters, according to a statement.

He further dismissed calls by some opposition parties for the suspension of the electoral process, saying the calls were unjustified.


African Union deploy election observers for Malagasy presidential elections

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) on Tuesday announced that it has deployed observation mission in Madagascar for the presidential election scheduled to take place in the country on the November 7, 2018.

The Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has authorized the AU election observation mission (AUEOM) being deployed in the country in two phases, according to a statement from AU on Tuesday.

Eight long-term election experts have been deployed since Oct. 16 and will stay until Dec. 21. Another batch of short-term observers will be deployed in the second phase on Nov. 1.

The objectives of the mission include among others, providing an accurate and impartial reporting of the quality of the presidential election.

It also provides recommendations for improvement of future elections based on the findings.

Madagascar’s President Hery Rajaonarimampianina resigned on Sept. 7 to participate in the upcoming presidential election.

According to the Malagasy Constitution, an incumbent president needs to resign from post 60 days ahead of the election if the president seeks a re-election.



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