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Madagascar: Report of the first round of presidential elections on August 23

The Council of Ministers adopted last Thursday a decree intended to refer to next August 23 the first round of presidential elections, which had been originally set for July 24, said the Minister of Communication of Madagascar.

This new date has yet to be approved by the Independent National Electoral Commission for the transition (CENIT), in consultation with the United Nations.
The Special Electoral Commission (ESC) was found Tuesday, May 28, in a decision the "cases of force majeure", paving the way for a postponement of the elections.

A decision following the recent request of several institutions, such as the Council for the Malagasy reconciliation and the Monitoring Committee as well as the Control Roadmap, associated with high ranking army officers in Madagascar; to postpone the presidential elections, which had invoked the "force majeure".

"The suspension of funding from major donors wreaks havoc in the electoral budget and gravely undermines the realization of the electoral process", also wrote the ETUC.
According to the electoral law of Madagascar, it belongs to the CES to declare cases of force majeure. It "shall notify the government, which will take, within forty-eight hours a decree for the postponement of the election".

Antso Rajaona

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