The head of the International Affairs Advisory of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), Ambassador Cézar Amaral, followed, as an observer, on July 16th and 17th, the presidential elections of São Tomé and Príncipe, a country in the west coast of Africa.
Ambassador Cézar Amaral attended, on the 16th, meetings with the President of the National Electoral Commission of São Tomé and Príncipe, Alberto Pereira, as well as with foreign observers. When he was young, the president of the National Electoral Commission studied in the Rio Branco Institute, as a scholarship holder.
On election day (17th), the Head of the International Affairs Advisory of the TSE observed the ballot boxes in the Água Grande districts (one electoral section), Pantufo (four electoral sections), Vila de Almas (three electoral sections) and Bombom (five electoral sections). Ambassador Cézar Amaral informed that, in all of these districts, the elections were in an atmosphere of order and respect to the opinions of the voters, without any unlawful interferences.
“The sections were very well organized, with numerous election workers, always having ostensive security of law enforcement, without queues or with small queues to vote. On all voting tables, there were safeguards to the privacy of votes. There weren't any attempts of persuasion or propaganda to induce the voters towards a given candidate. There was no canvassing outside voting stations”, stated the ambassador.
After of the results of the July 17th elections, the National Electoral Commission of São Tomé and Príncipe convoked the election run-off, to be disputed by the current President of the country, Manuel Pinto da Costa, and by Evaristo Carvalho, on August 7th.