Video PlayerClose A staff member hands a ballot to a voter at a polling station in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, Dec. 29, 2019. Guinea-Bissau’s presidential election runoff kicked off here on Sunday between two former prime ministers, Domingos Simoes Pereira and Umaro Sissoco Embalo. (Xinhua/Xing Jianqiao) BISSAU, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) — Guinea-Bissau’s presidential election runoff kicked off here on Sunday between two former prime ministers, Domingos Simoes Pereira and Umaro Sissoco Embalo. More than 760,000 voters in the West African country are expected to cast their ballots in 3,139 polling stations in the runoff, which began at 7 a.m. local time (0700 GMT). The polling stations will be closed at 5 p.m. local time. Provisional results are expected 48 hours after the closing of polling. During the first round on Nov. 24, no candidate won more than 50 percent of the ballots, necessitating a second round. On Nov. 27, the National Election Commission (NEC) announced the results of the first round, which showed Pereira of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde and Embalo of the Movement for a Democratic Alternation won 40.13 percent and 27.65 percent of the votes respectively. Incumbent President Jose Mario Vaz obtained 12.41… Read full this story
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