BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific Arabic Spanish Russian Chinese Welsh
BBCi CATEGORIES   TV   RADIO   COMMUNICATE   WHERE I LIVE   INDEX    SEARCH 

BBC NEWS
 You are in: World: Africa
Front Page 
World 
Africa 
Americas 
Asia-Pacific 
Europe 
Middle East 
South Asia 
-------------
From Our Own Correspondent 
-------------
Letter From America 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 


Commonwealth Games 2002

BBC Sport

BBC Weather

SERVICES 
Wednesday, 16 January, 2002, 16:03 GMT
Madagascar recount ordered
Supporters of Marc Ravalomanana (Pic courtesy DMD/Midi)
Mr Ravalomanana's supporters say he won outright
A recount of Madagascar's first round of presidential elections held in December has been ordered by the island's High Constitutional Court.

The court said this should be done by the national electoral commission, which has yet to issue final voting figures.

There have been growing calls for a recount since the opposition candidate, Marc Ravalomanana, claimed he had won an outright victory over the incumbent, Didier Ratsiraka.

Provisional figures gave Mr Ravalomanana 46% of the vote against Mr Ratsiraka's 40%, a lead which was not enough to avoid a second-round run-off.

Our correspondent says it is unclear how long this could take.

But he says it is being seen as an important step towards solving the crisis which has engulfed the country.

Many believe the unprecedented move is an accumulation of the effects of popular protest, the intervention of the church and possibly international opinion which has forced the HCC's hand.

Protests

Crowds as large as 100,000 people gathered each day last week in the capital, Antananarivo, in support of Mr Ravalomanana, who is the city's mayor.

Marc Ravalomanana (Pic courtesy DMD/Midi)
Mr Ravalomanana believes the count was being fiddled
But he temporarily halted the protests last Friday, saying they would resume if the result was not re-examined.

Mr Ravalomanana's supporters believed the results were being manipulated with various provisional results being bandied about.

They wanted the court to release the votes from each polling station - an appeal which had been echoed by election observers.

Mr Ravalomanana also called on the church to mediate.

In 1991, street protests forced Mr Ratsiraka to introduce multi-party elections and he lost the first contest in 1993, before being re-elected three years later.

 WATCH/LISTEN
 ON THIS STORY
the BBC's Barnaby Phillips
"The dispute over the election has effectively paralysed government on Madagascar"
See also:

11 Jan 02 | Africa
Madagascar protests halted
11 Jan 02 | Africa
Two sides to Madagascar row
08 Jan 02 | Africa
More Madagascar protests
17 Dec 01 | Business
Madagascar raises economic hopes
17 Aug 01 | Country profiles
Country profile: Madagascar
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Africa stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Africa stories