the start of the vote disrupted by numerous delays in the capital

the start of the vote disrupted by numerous delays in

In Gabon, around 847,000 voters are called to the polls this Saturday, August 26. Fourteen candidates are vying for the place of president but it is especially between Ali Bongo Ondimba and Albert Ondo Ossa that everything should be decided. In many polling stations in the capital, voting began very late.

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With our correspondent in Libreville, Yves Laurent Goma

At the voting center of Martine Oulabou, in the 2nd arrondissement, the operations actually began, from 12:00 p.m. The first voters have thus introduced their envelope into the ballot boxes since noon, and things are going quite quickly. The delays were the same almost everywhere in the capital and in some provincial towns, delays that were reported almost everywhere.

On a technical level, Bertrand Zibi, campaign manager of the opposition candidate, Albert Ondo Ossa, affirms that the ballot papers of his candidate cannot be found in several towns and villages. ” We are in the process of compiling all the anomalies”, he said. The Alternances 2023 platform also denounces the fact that the ballots of its candidates – who have withdrawn for several days – are found in the polling stations.

On the side of power, a source close to candidate Ali Bongo recognizes the delay in starting operations in several places.

Report in Libreville during the opening of the polling stations

Yves-Laurent Goma

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