The United States congratulates the Malagasy people for exercising their civil and political rights during Madagascar’s November 16 presidential elections. The United States reaffirms its commitment to working cooperatively with President-elect Rajoelina, the government and people of Madagascar for the development of the country and in favor of respect for the human rights of every individual.
We further commend the government and people of Madagascar for ensuring that polling day was calm and peaceful in most localities. However, the electoral process has raised serious concerns that need to be addressed for the peace and future well-being of the nation. Many stakeholders, including Malagasy citizens and national and international election observers, noted irregularities in the electoral process. Additionally, most of the recommendations made following the 2018 and 2019 elections remain pending.
We strongly urge the Independent National Electoral Commission to take steps to address these shortcomings and call on the Malagasy authorities to thoroughly investigate all irregularities and allegations of fraud, implement the necessary reforms highlighted by international and domestic observers , and to respond to the needs and wishes of the country’s citizens. Madagascar.
The United States calls on Madagascar to demonstrate commitment to the democratic process, its constitution, and the rule of law. The Malagasy people deserve and expect free and fair elections, organized peacefully, as well as good governance. We urge the government to increase confidence in its institutions and ensure the integrity of future elections.
The United States condemns any violence and urges the Malagasy people to address any election-related grievances through legal processes established in Madagascar.