Guinea-Bissau holds first presidential and parliamentary elections since 2012

High voter turnout was reported in Guinea-Bissau's capital city as the country held its first presidential and parliamentary elections since 2012 on Sunday. No presidential winner has yet been announced.
By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   April 14, 2014 at 6:14 PM

BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau, April 14 (UPI) -- Guinea-Bissau held presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday, the first such elections since a 2012 coup deposed interim President Raimundo Pereira.

A BBC journalist in the capital city of Bissau reported high voter turnout on Sunday, and 550 international election observers monitored polling stations.

No presidential winner has yet been announced in the 13-candidate presidential race. The top three contenders are former Finance Minister Jose Mario Vaz from the PAIGC, businessman and former deputy chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Abel Incada from the PRS, and independent Nazare de Pina Vieira, widow of former President Joao Bernardo Vieira.

Under Guinea-Bissau's electoral system, the president will be elected by absolute majority and will serve a five-year term. Parliamentary members are elected from 27 multi-member constituencies and serve terms of four years. If necessary, a run-off would be held on May 18.


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