Antananarivo — Madagascar will hold presidential elections on May 8, 2013, the president of the Independent National Election Commission of the transition (CENIT), Attallah Beatrice announced on Wednesday.
The president of the CENIT said the second round of presidential elections in Madagascar will be held with the legislatives on July 3, 2013.
Beatrice announced that the mayors of urban and rural municipalities will be elected simultaneously with municipal councilors on Oct. 23, 2013.
Beatrice said that these dates were decided after a workshop that the CENIT held with international electoral experts since Monday. She called politicians and all political actors to respect the laws in elections.
She said the CENIT will meet with donors to present the budget and necessary resources for election.
She called donors to lift all financial sanctions they took in 2009 because of political crisis in Madagascar.
Madagascar has been in political crisis since December 2008 following a stalemate between former President Marc Ravalomanana and the transitional president Andry Rajoelina.
Rajoelina, mayor of Antananarivo from December 2007 to March 2009 led a massive protest against Ravalomanana from 2002 to March 2009.
Ravalomanana gave up his power to a military directorate on March 17, 2009, but few hours later, the military transferred the presidency to Rajoelina. Rajoelina officially took power on March 21, 2009, while Ravalomanana fled out in exile in South Africa few days later.