Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Comoros: Voting underway in partial presidential polls re-run

[Africanews/AFP] Security was tightened on Wednesday in Comoros as 13 polling stations returned to the polls in a partial re-run of the presidential election. Polling stations were open from 7 am on Wednesday, which had been declared a public holiday.

Riot police were deployed in the island of Anjouan, after the second round of presidential elections held on April 10 were marred by irregularities and violence.

Provisional results of the presidential and gubernatorial elections in Comoros have been released and only three candidates will go for the second ...
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Some 6,300 Comorians will cast their ballots, in a decisive vote decisive, as only 2,000 votes separate the two candidates, Colonel Assoumani and Mohamed Ali Soilihi.

After a short campaign period of seven days, the winner of this election will be installed as the president on may 26 for a single term of five years.

The three islands that make up the Comoros – Anjouan, Grand Comore and Moheli – have a total population of just under 800,000 people, nearly all of whom are Sunni Muslims.

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