Friday's presidential vote went well in Madagascar and the people made their choices in a democratic and peaceful manner, European Union observers said here Sunday in a press conference.
The leader of EU electoral observers to Madagascar, Maria Muniz de Urquiza, congratulated the Malagasy people for the holding of Madagascar's presidential election peacefully on Friday.
"I want to highlight the work done by the polling stations officials in particular to ensure the transparency of electoral process. Despite some organizational difficulties, the vote went well," Madam Maria Muniz de Urquiza said during a press conference aimed at presenting the preliminary conclusion of EU Electoral Observation Mission on the presidential election.
"The mission welcomes efforts made by the Independent National Election Commission (CENIT) throughout the process to ensure the organization of these elections," Maria Muniz de Urquiza added.
However, she pointed out that despite a systematic review of the electoral roll, a large number of Malagasy citizens, some of whom hold voter registration cards, did not appear on the electoral lists.
The EU will continue its mandate until the end of the electoral process and will make specific recommendations to improve certain stages of the process, according to Maria Muniz de Urquiza.
About 7,823,305 voters were registered to go to 20, 001 polling stations across the country in the first round of election held on Oct. 25. The CENIT vowed to announce the final result by ten days from the polling date. If none of the 33 candidates bidding for the presidency has 50 percent of vote, the two leading runners will enter a second round set for Dec. 20.