Equatorial Guinea ruling Party wins 99% vote

Equatorial Guinea ruling Party wins 99% vote

The results of the preliminary election by Equatorial Guinea on Monday showed that the ruling party won more than 99% of the votes in the presidential, legislative and municipal elections held on Sunday.

The tiny, authoritarian, oil-producing Central African state is run by President Teodoro Obiang, the world's longest-ruling head of state, who is trying to extend his 43 years in office.

Obiang, 80, who has won more than 90 percent of the vote in elections conducted over the course of five terms since taking power from his uncle in a coup in 1979, said that what you sow is what you reap.

He said that the victory was for PDGE, and he is certain that the victory will be for his party.

Two opposition candidates are running for the election: Buenaventura Monsuy Asumu, who has already stood in the previous five elections, and Andr s Esono Ondo, who is running for the first time.

Obiang's ruling Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea PDGE and coalition had 67,012 votes out of 67,196, according to early, partial results. The count will continue on Monday, according to a statement on the government website.

More than 400,000 people registered to vote in the country of 1.5 million, which is split between the island of Bioko in the Gulf of Guinea and a coastal mainland sandwiched between Cameroon and Gabon.

It is a total fraud, Esono Ondo told Reuters by phone that his party would challenge the result in court.

He said fair voting was taking place in the island capital Malabo, but his party had evidence that officials elsewhere were casting ballots on voters' behalf or forcing them to vote for the ruling party.

The election directorate of Equatorial Guinea could not be reached for comment.

Maja Bovcon, senior Africa analyst at risk intelligence company Verisk Maplecroft, said the election outcome was in no doubt : The closure of the borders and the harassment and arrests of opposition supporters have paved the way for the extension of Obiang's 43 year rule. The United States and the European Union called for a free and fair election and raised concerns about reports of harassment and intimidation of the opposition and civil society groups. The accusations were rejected by the government as interference in its electoral process.

Obiang said he decided to bring the presidential election forward by several months and hold it together with the legislative and municipal elections to save money due to the economic crisis.

The production of oil and gas accounts for more than three quarters of revenues in the OPEC member state. In recent years, output has declined to around 93,000 barrels per day bpd from around 160,000 barrels per day in 2015, as oil fields mature.