|Hery Rajaonarimampianina waits for the result of the presidential election runoff on the press conference organized by the independent national election commission (CENIT) in Antananarivo, capital of Madagascar, on Jan. 3, 2013. Hery Rajaonarimampianina won the Dec. 20 presidential run-off in Madagascar, the Indian Ocean island country's electoral commission declared on Friday. (Xinhua/He Xianfeng)
ANTANANARIVO, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- Hery Rajaonarimampianina won the Dec. 20 presidential run-off in Madagascar, the Indian Ocean island country's electoral commission declared on Friday.
Rajaonarimampianina took the lead with 53.50 percent of votes cast while his competitor Jean Louis Robinson garnered 46.50 percent,Independent National Election Commission (CENIT) President Atallah Beatrice said at an official gathering attended by government officials, presidential candidates and international observers.
According to Beatrice, the turnout rate was 50.76 percent. More than 7.9 million voters were registered to go to the 20,001 polling stations throughout Madagascar during the run-off.
"I am very happy because we arrive at a very important stage of the electoral process," Rajaonarimampianina told Xinhua just after the ceremony.
"I thank God for leading us in this process and I thank the people of Madagascar to be very active in participating in this process. I'm sure each of Malagasy people aspire development of the country and a life full of wisdom and full of hope," Rajaonarimampianina said.
"This is the result, it is important because the CENIT is an institution that has entrusted the organization of the elections, I get the result quietly and calmly," the 55-year-old politician added.
"Not only CENIT but the international community also has closely followed this election, and this is important," the ex- finance minister of transition said.
Asked on the massive fraud denounced by his competitor Robinson, Rajaonarimampianina said the results were computed by an official institution and controlled by international observers.
"I think we were in the stage of worthy, credible and transparent electoral process, and I think the Malagasy people is worthy of such a result," he explained.
Rajaonarimampianina holds confidence that the Special Electoral Court (CES) will approve the results published by the CENIT.
According to the law, the CES will have 15 days to judge all conflicts during the election and announce the final outcome.
Robinson is supported by former president Marc Ravalomanana while Rajaonarimampianina enjoys backing from the transitional president,Andry Rajoelina.
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