On 31st March Equatoguinean students in Washington (United States) elected their representative to lead the Association for the Metropolitan Area of the district.
The organisation of the election for posts within the association was supported by the Equatorial Guinea Embassy in the United States. The First Secretary from the embassy, Charged with Consular, Cultural and Academic Affairs, Victor Manuel Ele Ela, attended the event as an observer, to guarantee the successful organisation of the process, and its legitimacy.
Around 80% of the students resident in the metropolitan area of Washington D.C., including the states of Virginia and Maryland, went to the polls, voting physically or via internet.
From among the four candidates, Maria Ela Manvuru, a second-year Architecture student, was elected as president, and Aida Hammoud Watson, a third-year Finance student, was elected vice-president.
The creation of the association of students was due to the need to implement an official structure which can serve as a platform for communication and coordination between the university community and the embassy.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea