France gives Madagascar $350,000 for elections

France has granted Madagascar $350,000 to support the preparations for next year's presidential elections.

French envoy Véronique Vouland-Anéini and the Malagasy electoral agency (Ceni) chief Yves Herinirina Rakotomanana signed the grant agreement in Antananarivo on Wednesday.

The support is France contribution to the Basket Fund established by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to assist the electoral process in Madagascar.

Collective efforts

“France wishes to contribute to the collective efforts for a credible electoral process and for a pacified Madagascar,” stated Ms Vouland-Anéini.

Mr Rakotomanana called for more support from the international community to support the Ceni activities.

The poll official stressed on the total independence of Ceni.

Civil society

“Our independence is sacred. The constitution of the republic and the law of the land remain our unique pillars for a peaceful process,” he added.

Ms Vouland-Anéini urged the government to release the 2018 election calendar for the convenience of all the stakeholders.

Observers have warned against any attempts to delay the presidential election.

“Madagascar should president-elect by December 25, 2018,” insisted the coalition of civil society organisations on Tuesday.

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