No fraud seen in Madagascar polls

AFP-JIJI

Observers certified Madagascar’s runoff presidential polls as free and credible on Sunday, urging bickering candidates to stay calm as counting continued after the vote.

By late Sunday, the current strongman’s candidate, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, was leading with 15 percent of votes counted, though both sides accused the other of fraud and his rival, Robinson Jean Louis, demanded a publication of the results be suspended.

But international observers said they could little fault so far.