Cape Verde to Elect New President

Praia, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) Cape Verdeans are ready to elect a new president of this African country between candidates Manuel Inocencio Souza of the PAICV ruling government and opponent Jorge Carlos Fonseca of the Movement for Democracy (MFD).

Amidst threats of rain, over 305,000 registered voters are expected to go to the polls, said the spokesman of the National Election Commission Maria Joao Novais.

The archipelago is provided with the necessary machinery to guarantee the success of the elections, with 1140 tables and assemblies of vote, said the official.

She said that only those people over 18 years old can vote.

In the first round, held on August 7, the candidate for the African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde (PAICV), Inocencio Souza, obtained 32 percent of the votes behind his opponent Carlos Fonseca, with 37.3 percent.

Independent presidential candidates Aristides Lima and Joaquin Jaime Montero placed third and fourth.

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