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Date:27 Aug 2016
Gabon: Polls open as the Bongo’s 50 year rule faces stiffest test ever

Voting is underway as Gabonese elect a president to lead the country for the next seven (7) years.

So far, long queues have been witnessed outside a number of polling stations. Polls opened at …. GMT and will close at …. The first results are expected next week.

Omar Bongo’s son, Incumbent President Ali Bongo Ondimba, won the 2009 elections on the ticket of the governing Gabonese Democratic Party (GDP). Ali Bongo is contesting in this elections despite the controversy over his nationality and eligibility of to run for president. His critics say he was adopted and does not hail from Gabon.

Ali is expected to face stiff competition from Jean Ping, a former head of the commission of the African Union who is running on the ticket of the newly formed United Opposition Front for Change (FOPA). Despite this, experts have tipped Ali Bongo to win another seven-year in the oil-rich nation.

The Central African nation has no term limits. The president is directly elected by a simple majority popular vote. The prime minister, who serves as head of government, is appointed by the president.

A total 628,124 citizens out of the population of 1.8 million are eligible to vote in the polls.

Three (3) opposition presidential hopefuls, including Leon-Paul Ngoulakia - President Bongo's first cousin- withdrew from the race and endorsed the main opposition leader and former AU chief, Jean Ping.

Ali’s Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG) has ruled the country since independence from France in 1960.

There is no second round of voting in Gabon elections. The country goes through a single round of voting in presidential, legislative and senatorial elections. A candidate requires a simple majority to win the presidential vote.

There is no female candidate in the presidential race.

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