Madagascar Legislative Elections.. Awaiting Provisional Results and Legal Strategies

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Legislative Elections

A week after the legislative elections held on May 29th, the Electoral Commission (Céni) has yet to announce provisional results or address the integrity of the vote, which has come under scrutiny. As tensions rise, each faction—independent observers, the opposition, and the presidential majority coalition—continues to refine their strategies.

All parties unanimously condemn irregularities observed during the voting process across various districts of the island. In response to these alleged frauds, candidates from both sides plan to seek judicial intervention.

In Antananarivo, the respective headquarters of the presidential coalition Irmar and the opposition platform Firaisankina have set up legal teams to consolidate complaints, evidence, and instances of irregularities reported from across the island. Their goal is to advance the claims they are preparing to file with the High Constitutional Court (HCC), the highest judicial authority in the country.

Lalatiana Rakotondrazafy, a candidate from the presidential coalition Irmar, mentions several cases of pre-marked ballots and electoral corruption, particularly in the districts of Faratsiho, Tuléar, and Nosy Be. While she refrains from specifying the exact number of complaints that Irmar candidates will file, she indicates that common defenses will be employed for similar cases, particularly those concerning disqualification requests and vote annulment. “All complaints are filed in the name of each [Irmar] candidate, but for similar cases, there will be common lines of defense,” she explains.

On the opposition side, Firaisankina’s spokesperson, Auguste Paraina, asserts that all their complaints will be filed collectively under the platform’s name. Beyond individual cases, Firaisankina accuses the government of a broad strategy aimed at excluding its candidates from the race before and during the election.

The civil society observatory, Safidy, currently does not plan to add to the hundred complaints already received by the HCC as of Wednesday, May 5. Stella Razanamahefa, the mission’s spokesperson, explains, “Safidy has cases that warrant filing complaints with the HCC. However, we are still evaluating the situation due to fears of reprisals or intimidation against our observers deployed in the districts.”

Citing the risk of reprisals, Safidy—the largest observation mission deployed in the country—had previously refrained from filing complaints with the High Constitutional Court during the presidential election last November.

As the political landscape remains fraught with allegations and counter-allegations, the nation’s focus is on the forthcoming provisional results and the subsequent legal battles that are set to shape Madagascar’s legislative future. The international community and local stakeholders are urged to monitor the developments closely, ensuring that the electoral process upholds democratic principles and justice.


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