Madagascar’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) officially launched the start of the annual campaign to revise the electoral lists. It opens from December 1, 2020 to May 15, 2021.
The campaign to launch the Annual Review of the Voters List (RALE) was officially launched on Tuesday in Fianarantsoa, a city located in the country’s highlands. The lists will be provisionally closed on February 15 in order to give the CENI time to carry out the final checks.
The annual revision of the electoral lists allows citizens who have reached the majority between two campaigns (between May 15 and December 1) to be added to the lists. It is also an opportunity for the CENI to remove from the lists the deceased and those who have been sentenced to terms of imprisonment that no longer allow them to enjoy their right to vote.
In Madagascar, electoral lists are often the bone of contention between power and opposition. This causes post-electoral disputes. Despite everything, the population seems to be disinterested in this electoral revision. This complicates the task of the CENI, which is obliged to resort to an information and awareness campaign to encourage the population to register on the said lists.