EU election observers said on Friday that Madagascar’s presidential election this week had “very minor” irregularities after candidate Hery Rajaonarimampianina alleged the vote was mired by fraud.
“The irregularities were very minor and won’t have any impact on the election’s outcome,” said the head of the European Union’s monitoring mission Cristian Preda.
Two cases of ballot stuffing were reported out of nearly 25,000 polling stations nationwide in Wednesday’s vote, he said.
“What we are describing are difficulties and anomalies, which is to say logistical issues that wouldn’t have affected the credibility of the elections,” Preda said at a media briefing in the capital Antananarivo.
Presidential hopeful Rajaonarimampianina, who ruled from 2014 until September this year when he had to resign to contest the election, said on Thursday that there were “numerous irregularities” in the polls.