36 candidates look to woo Madagascar’s voters in presidential election

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36 candidates look to woo Madagascar’s voters in presidential election

Preliminary results are expected by November 14 but the race is likely to go to a second round in December.


A voter casts her vote at a polling station in Antananarivo, Madagascar (Kabir Dhanji/AP)
A voter casts her vote at a polling station in Antananarivo, Madagascar (Kabir Dhanji/AP)

Voting has started in Madagascar where nearly 10 million are casting their ballots to elect a new president that they hope will lead the Indian Ocean island nation out of chronic poverty and corruption.

The 36 candidates have all promised to improve the country’s economy, create new jobs and end corruption, but the three leaders in the race are familiar faces who offer little chance of a dramatic change.

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Voters queueing to cast their ballots (Kabir Dhanji/AP)

The winner must take more than 50% of the votes cast and with such a large number of candidates, it is likely the race will go to a second round, scheduled for December 19.

Preliminary results are expected by November 14 and officials have until November 28 to declare the final outcome.

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