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Sunday, 13 March 2011

PROUD to Vote in Benin

Proud to vote today because I have never seen such democracy in most African countries! Benin is viewed as a rare example of democracy in a region of West Africa better known for coups and dictatorships!

This morning, my husband and I were already lining up at 9am at the CEG Ocean's school garden, ready to vote.

Benin opened polls today (Sunday) for a twice delayed presidential election after a last minute scramble to register hundreds of eligible voters. 

We were all lining up at 9am and by 11am we were already back home. We had to wait 40mn because they ran out of ballot paper!!! I know!!! How come??? Our polling station ran out of ballot papers because of the unexpectedly high turnout. In addition, our polling station opened also with some delay due to the late arrival of election materials including ballot papers and ink. But we were all very calm!

Some 3.5 million voters are expected to vote today to elect a fifth president since the advent of multiparty democracy in 1990. Voting is expected to end at 6pm and the results are not expected before Tuesday. 

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