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Comoros starts voting in partial presidential polls re-run

Comoros starts voting in partial presidential polls re-run

Comoros

Security was tightened on Wednesday in Comoros as 13 polling stations returned to the polls in a partial re-run of the presidential election. Polling stations were open from 7 am on Wednesday, which had been declared a public holiday.

Riot police were deployed in the island of Anjouan, after the second round of presidential elections held on April 10 were marred by irregularities and violence.

Some 6,300 Comorians will cast their ballots, in a decisive vote decisive, as only 2,000 votes separate the two candidates, Colonel Assoumani and Mohamed Ali Soilihi.

After a short campaign period of seven days, the winner of this election will be installed as the president on may 26 for a single term of five years.

The three islands that make up the Comoros – Anjouan, Grand Comore and Moheli – have a total population of just under 800,000 people, nearly all of whom are Sunni Muslims.