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Very minor irregularities in Madagascar vote: EU

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 marred 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. African Union (AU) observers said the three leading contenders, all former presidents, should show restraint and respect the law . It s not in their interests to act in a way that causes tension or trouble, said the AU s observer mission chief Ramtane Lamamra. Presidential hopeful ...

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