President Azali Assouman (L) urged the opposition parties to drop the boycott threat in the run-up to the vote [Ibrahim Youssouf/AFP]

Voters in Comoros are casting their ballots in the first round of a parliamentary election boycotted by opposition parties.

Most voting stations in the Indian Ocean archipelago’s capital, Moroni, opened later than scheduled on Sunday because of bad weather, AFP news agency reported.


Opposition parties said they would not contest the 24 seats in the Comoros national assembly after failing to obtain guarantees of a “transparent, free and democratic” election.

President Azali Assoumani secured a second consecutive term in March 2019, but critics alleged vote rigging and witnesses said ballot boxes were stuffed, the latest scandal in a country blighted by instability and coups.

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