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Date:13 Jul 2011
Sao Tome and Principe: Who wins the July 17th Elections?

With campaigns coming to an end on the 15th of July, two days before the polls, the question on every citizen’s lips is who takes over the mantle from President Fradique Melo de Menezes, who has been leader of the country since 2001 and constitutionally is not legible to contest again.

Fourteen(14) candidates initially expressed interest in contesting the highest seat of the archipelago, but the Supreme court was impelled to drop four candidates and allow the remaining ten (10) to pass through owing to the fact that their credentials didn’t satisfy the court’s requirements.

Come the 17th of July, voters will have to decide on; Manuel Pinto da Costa (ex-president from 1975 to 1990), Costa Alegre Filinto, Helder Barros, Aurélio Martins (President Movement for the Liberation of Sao Tome and Principe), Evaristo de Carvalho (President of the National Assembly), Elsa Pinto, Jorge Coelho, Maria das Neves (former prime minister), Manuel de Deus Lima (former Minister of Natural Resources Sao Tome and current ambassador to Gabon) and Delfim Neves.

The candidates whose presidential bids were truncated are singer Gilberto Gil Umbelina, Francisco Liberato and Rita Moniz, whiles Carlos Rene, a former University professor renounced his interest to contest in the elections.

Meanwhile Journal ST reports that the EU election Observer Mission (EOM) of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) headed by Fernando Van-Dunem, former Prime Minister of Angola will monitor the electoral process. The mission will be in the country till the 21st of July.

In all, a total of 92,638 voters are expected to cast their votes. The total number of voters is made up of electorates from within Sao Tome and Principe, Portugal, Angola, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

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