PORTO NOVO, Benin -- Anxious voters lined up before dawn yesterday morning in front of polling stations here and across Benin to cast ballots in this tiny nation's first free presidential elections in nearly three decades.
The head of the republic's election commission said last night that no official results would be reported until tomorrow.
According to unofficial reports, the turnout among the 2 million eligible voters was high, as much as 80 percent in some places. Altogether, there are about 4 million people in this country, which about the size of Kentucky. Benin changed its name from Dahomey in 1975.
A second round of voting will be held on March 24 if none of the 13candidates receives more than 50 percent of the vote.