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Date:04 Jul 2011
Sao Tome and Principe: Campaigns set off ahead of July Polls

The task of canvassing for voters for the July polls officially began on the evening of Sunday 2nd July, with all nine (9) presidential candidates mounting posters in various provinces of the country.

Initially Thirteen (13) candidates tended in their interest in contesting for the highest office of the country, but the Supreme Court has been compelled to rescind the candidature of four (4) because of failure to meet the necessary requirements.

Delfim Neves, Gilberto Gil and Liberato Umbelina Moniz, have been dropped because of dual nationality and Francisco Rita is of Spanish nationality.

The nine (9) presidential candidates who have been validated by the Supreme Court include Manuel Pinto da Costa, Costa Alegre Muller, Helder Barros and Aurelio Martinez.

The others include Evaristo Carvalho, Elsa PintoCoelho, Maria das Neves and Manuel de Deus Lima.

Meanwhile, the National Electoral Commission (CEN) has indicated that 265 polling stations will be created countrywide and in the Diaspora to make it possible for the estimated over 94,000 voters to exercise their franchise with ease.

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