Thursday, October 3, 2013

Madagascar Election: SADC to Deploy 300 Observers

Ahead of the Madagascar elections slated to take place on October 25, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) plans to send 300 election observers with a first batch of 40 to 50 observers deployed to monitor pre-election activities.

This was made known to the Malagasy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ulrich Andriantiana on Wednesday when a team from the SADC Electoral Advisory Council (SEAC) led by its Vice-President of SEAC, Ms. Orlanda Rafael, paid a visit to the country.

Minister Ulrich Andriantiana stressed during the meeting that the advice of SEAC are welcome especially in the prevention of conflicts and the establishment of favorable conditions for securing the elections with observers and called on the SADC to double its efforts in seeking for extra funds for the country to properly organize the upcoming elections.

The Madagascar election has been rescheduled 3 times. The date was first postponed to July when the electoral commission said it was unprepared to hold the poll. 33 candidates will be competing the first round of the elections and a second round will be held on 20 December if there is no clear winner.


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