São Tomé and Príncipe: the presidential race is reduced to two


The presidential race in Sao Tome and Principe will end with a second round after the two main contenders fail to garner enough votes.

Carlos Vila Nova and Guilherme Posser da Costa will take part in Sao Tome and Principe’s second round of presidential elections on August 8, the country’s National Election Commission (CEN) announced on Monday.

Nova, which was supported by the main opposition party, ADI (Independent Democratic Action) and da Costa by the MLSTP / PSD (Movement for the Liberation of Sao Tome and Principe – Social Democratic Party) in power were among the 19 presidential candidates. Sunday. One of them will be the country’s fifth president.

Evaristo Carvalho, 80, has chosen not to run for a second term.

During a brief press briefing, without questions from journalists, CEN President Fernando Maquengo announced the provisional results of each of the 19 candidates and clarified that no one had reached an absolute majority on Sunday.

Carlos Vila Nova obtained 32,022 votes corresponding to 39.47% of the total valid votes while Guilherme Posser da Costa obtained 16,829 corresponding to 20.70%.

Neves is the current speaker of the country’s parliament.

According to CEN, abstention was 32.24%, out of a total of just over 123,000 voters in the country and in the diaspora.

Sunday’s elections were the seventh ballot since the country gained independence from Portugal in 1975.

According to CEN, 123,302 voters registered to vote in 262 polling stations across the Portuguese-speaking archipelago of 200,000 inhabitants.

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