ANTANANARIVO Madagascar (Xinhua) --
Voters went to the polls in Madagascar’s
second round presidential election on Wednesday to select a new
president from two competing former presidents.
More than 9 million
registered voters are expected to cast their ballots at 24,852
polling stations across the Indian Ocean island country from
6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time.
The second round of
election is a contest between former transitional president
Andry Rajoelina and former president Marc Ravalomanana.
off its presidential election on Nov. 7 with 36 candidates
running for the presidency. Since no candidate won 50 percent of
the votes in the first round, the Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) declared a runoff between the top two
candidates with the highest support.
According to the
INEC, the result will be released on Dec. 31.