Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Sao Tome president bows out of run-off vote

03 August 2016, 12:31

Sao Tome -The president of the west African state of Sao Tome and Principe, attacking the country's elections for head of state as fraudulent, says he will not take part in next Saturday's run-off vote.

In a letter published on Tuesday by the Constitutional Tribunal, the country's top court, 78-year-old President Manuel Pinto da Costa said he refused to participate in the second round of voting.

"To continue to take part in a process of this kind would be tantamount to approving it. I will not do so as a candidate, and even less so as president of the republic," Pinto da Costa said in the letter, dated August 1.

"No one can be a candidate in the presidential election against his will."

The first round of voting on July 17 was marked by unrest and an unsuccessful challenge by Pinto da Costa, who came in second to former prime minister Evaristo Carvalho.

He called for the process to be scrapped, saying there had been electoral fraud, but his bid was rejected by the court.

Carvalho, the candidate of the ruling Independent Democratic Action party, had initially been credited with a 50.2 % score.

That would have been enough to scrape past the required 50% mark needed for an outright win.

But election officials revised the score after taking into account ballots cast by voters in the diaspora and delayed balloting in one district.

As a result, Carvalho's tally was given as 49.8%, compared to 24.83 for Pinto da Costa. With 16% of the vote, Maria das Neves came third.

First round turnout was 64%of a total electorate of just over 111 000 in a country of around 200 000 people.

An archipelago off the west African coast, Sao Tome and Principe is the continent's second smallest state.

The country gained independence from Portugal in 1975 and has been a democracy since 1991. It depends heavily on international aid.

Executive power is shared between the president and the prime minister and has led to turf wars in the past.


Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Wilon Ochieng
Labour Party to dump both Jubilee...

The Labour Party of Kenya is likely to avoid supportoing both the CORD and Jubilee factions during the 2017 General Elections. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Ukambani MP quits Jubilee, to run...

An Ukambani MP has quit the Jubilee Party, citing voter apathy as his reason behind leaving the ruling coalition. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Government launches probe into Po...

The government has launched an inquiry into the circumstances that could have led to two National Police Service helicopter accidents in August and September this year. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilwon Ochieng
Deputy Governor's ally found with...

The EACC has recovered KES 2 million in fake currency from a close ally of Deputy Governor for Tharaka Nithi Eliud Mati. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Mudavadi given permission to join...

Musalia Mudavadi has been ghranted permission by his party to join the CORD Coalition. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
EACC officers raid Deputy Governo...

EACC officers raided the home of a Deputy Governor as theft case continues in court. Read more...