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Few candidates apply for legislative election in Madagascar
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07:47, August 15, 2007

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Few candidates have applied for the legislative election scheduled to take place on Sept. 23 this year though the deadline expired on Tuesday in the Indian Ocean Island country of Madagascar.

Only four candidates have applied for the six administrative districts of the capital city with three of them for the third district and one for the fifth district.

Administrative Commissions for Checking and Recording of Candidacy in Madagascar told the media that the registration book of the four other districts were still blank till Monday but many candidates came to ask information about the documents needed for application.

Only 60 candidates all over the country had sent their ballot papers to the High Constitutional Courts (HCC), according to the French-language news daily, Les Nouvelles, published here on Tuesday.

The General Secretary of the Interior Ministry and Administrative Reform Gervais Rakotonirina confirmed that the time limit for registration would not be postponed as other candidates had expected.

The decision to hold earlier elections for the lower house of the parliament, the National Assembly, was made at a council of ministers meeting, convened by Madagascan President Marc Ravalomanana last month.

The number of deputies had been reduced from the present 160 to 127 for the next National Assembly.

The National Assembly, the term of which should have been over in May next year, was dissolved last month to pave the way for earlier elections of the house.

Madagascar is a republic with a pluralist, democratic constitution approved by a national referendum in 1992 and revised in April this year, also in a national referendum.

Political power is concentrated at four levels: the presidency, the national assembly, the senate and local and regional authorities.

According to the revised constitution, Madagascar is divided into 22 regions, the highest division level under the central government following the dissolution of the former six autonomous provinces.

Source: Xinhua

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