first political contest

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He reiterated allegations of intimidation and irregularities in the poll, the first political contest between the ruling right and the opposition left since an anti-government demonstration turned deadly in January.
IT'S only January 10, and already the battle lines have been drawn in the first political contest of the year.
This may be the first political contest ever where the victor will be chosen because he will cause least offence to the electorate.