With 7,597 polling stations processed, of the 24,852 polling stations in the country, ie 30.57%, Andry Rajoelina still leads with 40.87% of the vote, followed by Marc Ravalomanana, 35.99%.
In view of the plummet of the Ravalomanana score, his team will make an unexpected visit to the electoral commission Monday at 8 am. The outgoing President Hery Rajaonarimampianina meanwhile, slowly goes up the slope with 07.01% against against 05.75% Saturday.
The Malagasy electoral code requires the candidates a second round if none of them has more than 50% of the votes in the first round. Madagascar, a large, impoverished island in the Indian Ocean, is regularly destabilized by political and post-electoral crises since its independence from France in 1960.
On Friday, candidate Marc Ravalomanana’s campaign director Anisoa Tseheno Rabenja denounced an attempt by the CENI to commit fraud and corruption.
On Thursday, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, who led the country from 2014 to September 2018, also denounced “numerous voting irregularities”.
These accusations were denied by the Electoral Commission. Observers from the European Union (EU) and the African Union (AU) insisted on Friday that claims are “only” legal. Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world.
Marc Ravalomanana, 68, and Andry Rajoelina, 44, are very wealthy businessmen.
The two men were also the main protagonists of the bloody crisis of 2009, which had left a hundred dead and ended with the resignation of Mr. Ravalomanana, released by the army.
The opponent Andry Rajoelina was then entrusted with the reins of power until 2014, a “coup d’état” according to the international community.
This is the first time that the two men clash in the polls, having been banned from running in the election organized late 2013 to try to calm the political situation.
On Wednesday night, Marc Ravalomanana and Andry Rajoelina had both said they were confident in their victory.