Thursday, 30 June, 2022

Togo opposition alleges ‘fake’ polling stations

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Togolese persons voted on Saturday for their new president

A Togo opposition leader has accused authorities of placing up bogus polling stations in Saturday’s presidential election to skew the result in favour of the incumbent.

Agbéyomé Kodjo designed the accusation from President Faure Gnassingbé who has been in electrical power considering that 2005 when he took in excess of from his father.

The president’s place of work is quoted by AFP information agency as denying the accusation.

The effects of the vote are predicted by Friday.

Mr Kodjo, former prime minister and head of the nationwide assembly, also accused the authorities of ballot stuffing and acquiring people to solid many votes in Mr Gnassingbé’s favour.

Troops surrounded Mr Kodjo’s residence for all around a few hrs soon after voting completed on Saturday.

Togo’s Protection Minister, Yark Dameham, instructed Voice of America that Mr Kodjo’s property had been surrounded as a precaution.

“We have obtained studies that he is at risk of an attack on his home by unruly people, but I can not notify you from which side,” he is quoted as indicating.

But Mr Kodjo advised the BBC that he was given no rationalization and considered this was not for his protection but as a substitute to allow for time to rig the vote.

Mr Gnassingbé has led Togo’s populace of 8 million men and women considering that getting about adhering to the dying of his father Gnassingbé Eyadema, who ruled for 38 years.

He faces six rivals for the placement of president.

Constitutional improvements had been approved past year permitting him to search for re-election and potentially continue to be in office environment until 2030 – an difficulty which sparked massive protests in 2017-18.

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