The former Prime Minister, José Maria Neves, candidate of the African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde (PAICV) won the election in the first round, with 51.6% of the vote according to the official provisional results.
Some polling stations still need to be counted before the results are validated by the electoral commission.
Carlos Veiga, the main opposition party leader admitted defeat and congratulated his opponent.
More than half of registered Cape Verdeans did not go to the polls to elect their new president from among the seven competitors.
The election of José Maria Neves, 61, announces a cohabitation at the head of power in the West African archipelago.
As Cape Verde has a semi-parliamentary regime, the president’s field of action is restricted, leaving more room for the Prime Minister, the government and the Parliament.