Antananarivo - Former health minister Jean-Louis Robinson was ahead as ballots were counted Sunday in presidential elections in Madagascar that EU observers called free and fair.
Robinson was garnering 27 per cent of Friday's ballots while his main rival, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, had 15 per cent with 10 per cent of the vote counted.
When the final results would be available was unclear. Thirty-three candidates ran in the election.
The head of the EU observer mission, Maria Muniz de Urquiza, said Sunday that the voting was “free, transparent and credible.”
The election was peaceful and the polling stations were organized professionally, she said.