Nineteen of the 25 candidates in the presidential elections in the Indian Ocean archipelago of the Comoros on Thursday challenged the results of the weekend vote and demanded a recount. The candidates threatened to block the election run-off if their demands for new counting are not met. “We need to conduct a re-count,” Ibrahima Hissani, spokesman for the 19 dissenters, told a new conference. “There will be no second round before the recount.” Among those disputing the results is a former president, Colonel Azali Assoumani, who came third in Sunday’s vote and has secured a place in the second round due in April.
Hissani said Mouigni Baraka, governor of the island of Grande Comore, who came second, had also signed the petition for the recount. But that claim could not be immediately confirmed.
The candidate’s target appears to be vice president Mohamed Ali Soilihi, who won the first round of the country’s presidential elections with 17 percent of the vote.
The three candidates are due to face off in a second round of voting on April 10.