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Some Gabon Elections Results Expected Monday

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Preliminary results of Gabon's presidential election are scheduled to begin trickling in Monday. 

The winner of Sunday's vote would replace long-time President Omar Obongo who died this year of a heart attack in a Spanish clinic. 

Ali Bongo, son of the former president is widely tipped to win the vote despite stiff competition from the opposition. 

Voter turnout was reportedly high in Sunday's vote. But opposition groups accused the Electoral Commission of ill-preparation, which they claim favors Bongo, the ruling party's presidential candidate. 

Desire Ename, publisher of Gabon's independent Echos Dunord newspaper said that Gabonese want the election to be free and fair.

"Today, we are expecting that the results would be given because as of yesterday the results were counted and now we are expecting that the results will be known. This is a great expectation of the Gabonese and of the people who are the results of this election," Ename said.

He said there were allegations of attempted vote rigging.

"This is what I have been told that some foreign people were trying to vote (but) they were caught. It was a very light incident (not widespread)," he said.

Ename said some polling stations opened late.

"Some incidents occurred because some voting centers did not open very early. So it frustrated people to yell and to be very angry," Ename said.

After a well-funded campaign, Ali Bongo former defense minister and son of the former president is widely expected to win Sunday's vote despite stiff opposition from two other presidential candidates.

But Ename said it was too early to definitively know who won the election.

"I think that these are pure speculations. I know that so many people have said that Ali Bongo can win, but in fact the reality shows that the game is going on between two personalities, Andre Mba Obame and Mr. Pierre Mamboundou. This is what is really happening in Libreville," Ename said.

He said any candidate that wins the majority of votes in the capital, Libreville usually wins the general election.

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