BISSAU, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- The voting process of Guinea-Bissau's presidential election ended Sunday at 5 p.m. local time, with all polling stations closed, announced the spokeswoman of the National Election Commission (NEC), Felisberta Moura Vaz.
Most of the 3,139 polling stations opened at 7 a.m. for 761,676 voters in Guinea-Bissau and overseas to elect their new president for a five-year term.
"All polling stations have already closed without jeopardizing the participation of voters," Vaz said during a press conference.
Vaz also called on all candidates to refrain from disclosing the results of the election. "The publishing of results is the exclusive competence of the NEC," she stressed.
After the closing of the polling stations, the ballots are being counted.
According to the NEC, the provisional results should be known within 72 hours.
More than 200 observers from the African Union, the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, and the Economic Community of West African States, as well as 422 observers from civil society, are following the process of the voting very closely.
If no one receives more than 50 percent of the votes in the first round, a run-off is scheduled for Dec. 29.