the registered voters of Madagascar came out to vote.
A new day is dawning for the
people of the island nation of Madagascar. On December 20, 2013,
they will go to polling places around the island and select between
two candidates who surfaced from the general election in October.
The October election was
peaceful, and both local and international observers saw no reason
to seriously question the free and fair nature of this contest.
According to allAfrica.com, turnout was a respectable 61.8 percent
of all registered voters. One Western diplomat said flaws in the
voting process were inevitable but that the alternative was simply
further delay. “Everybody knows the vote cannot be perfect but
everybody is playing the game. Given the circumstances, maybe that
is the best they can do.”
The two candidates who will
be voted upon in the December election are Dr. Jean Louis Robinson,
who carries the flag from the Ravalomanana camp. Marc Ravalomanana
was displaced in a coup in 2009. The other candidate is Henry
Rajaonarimampianina, who is backed by the 2009 coup leader, Andry
Marc Ravalomanana was the
president who invited World Christian Broadcasting to build a
station in Madagascar, gave us the land to build on, and enacted
other concessions that made our decision to build there an easy
choice. Since he was displaced by Andry Rajoelina, our path to
completing the station and going on the air has been blocked.
No one can predict how the
December election will go. Several of the now-defeated candidates
are positioned to strike hard bargains for their support in the
World Christian Broadcasting
and our friends around the world are praying fervently that the new
president will appoint a Minister of Communications who will approve
the sending of our three transmitters to the island. May God hasten
the day that Madagascar World Voice will be on the air broadcasting
throughout Africa, the Mid-East, India, and South America!