Press Releases, 12/14/2006
Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on the elections in Madagascar
Press release 528/2006
14 December, 2006
The European Union welcomes the smooth, peaceful and serene conduct of the first round of the Presidential election held in Madagascar on 3 December and the citizenship shown by the Malagasy people on that occasion.
The European Union congratulates the Malagasy authorities on the smooth organisation of the poll in general despite difficulties encountered in the drawing up, for the first time, of a computerised national electoral register and in the distribution of voting cards.
The European Union notes with satisfaction the efforts made by the Malagasy authorities to improve respect for the basic principles of a free, fair and transparent election. However, it would like the improvements to continue in the next elections, notably as regards media access, funding of the electoral campaign, use of the single ballot and the boosting of the role and independence of the CNE (National Electoral Council).
The European Union welcomes the announcement of the provisional results of the elections. It will monitor the further electoral proceedings which will not be completed until the definitive results have been proclaimed by the Supreme Constitutional Court.
The Acceding Countries Bulgaria and Romania, the Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova align themselves with this declaration.
* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.