Madagascar’s Special Electoral Court (CES) has rejected a demand for the cancellation of election results, the CES said on Monday. Five of 33 candidates in the first round of presidential election held in Madagascar on Oct. 25 had demanded the revocation of election results under the pretext of “fraud, use of public prerogatives by certain candidates and bad organization of the election.” The candidates making the demand include Voninahitsy Jean Eugene, who won 2.13 percent, and Lahiniriko Jean, who scored 0.87 percent. Some candidates had also asked for postponing the election or re-organizing the first round of election. “The CES declares admissible applications … asking cancellation of the vote nationally, but rejects as unfounded,” the CES said in its website.
Jean Louis Robinson, supported by former president Marc Ravalomanana, took the lead with his 21.44 percent of votes. Hery Rajaonarimampianina, supported by Transitional President Andry Rajoelina, turned out the second with 15.68 percent of votes, according to the results published by the Independent National Election Commission (CENIT) on Nov. 8.
The two leading candidates have accepted the results and are preparing for the run-off set for Dec. 20.
The CES has until Nov. 23 to judge over all disputes before announcing the final results.