On Sunday, April 24th Equatorial Guinea holds its Presidential elections. The election activity around town has been increasing the past two weeks. Campaigning was legally allowed to start on April 8th and were required to conclude by April 22nd. It has been interesting and educational to watch.
Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, 73, is the second President of Equatorial Guinea. He ousted his uncle, the first President, in an August 1979 military coup. Obiang has been President since 1979, and is the longest serving non-royal leader in the world.
Obiang will faceoff against six opponents on the ballot. There are estimated to be 1,357 polling stations. The country conducted a census in January of this year to determine who was eligible to vote. An estimated 300,000 of the countries 750,000 citizens are eligible to vote. The President serves for a seven-year term. Obiang was unopposed in 1989, he won 97.8% of the vote in 1996, 97.1% of the vote in 2002, and 95.37% of vote in 2009.
The African Union, as well as the governments of several countries, are sending observers. Please be in prayer for the people of Equatorial Guinea and that God is glorified in the process and the results.