Seychellois voters who cast ballots in the second round of the presidential vote next week may see more electoral workers at their polling station. The country’s electoral commission said Friday that it has discussed concerns after the first-round ballots were cast earlier this month. Election observers noted in their reports that some voters had to wait several hours in line before casting their ballots. The commission’s chief registration officer, Lorna Lepathy, said there would not be more polling stations for the second-round vote next week, but that more electoral officers would be placed at stations with a large number of voters.
Some polling stations had to stay open past the scheduled 7 p.m. closing time because of the long queues. That led to a delay in the counting of ballots.
The first round of the presidential elections in Seychelles, a group of islands in the western Indian Ocean, took place December 3-5. Six candidates contested the first round but none won more than 50 percent.