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24 Dec 2018 | 11:58 AM UTC

Togo: Ruling party likely to win December 20 legislative elections /update 1

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Ruling UNIR party likely to win the December 20 legislative elections amid low turnout

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/24/2018, 12:00 AM until 1/1/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lome). COUNTRY/REGION Togo

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According to provisional results released by the electoral commission on Sunday, December 23, the ruling UNIR (Union pour la République) party has won 59 of 91 seats at the National Assembly following the legislative elections held without incident on December 20. The Constitutional Court is expected to release the official results in the coming days. Voter turnout was relatively low - 59.25 percent - mostly due to the boycott of the C14 opposition coalition. Political gatherings are possible, especially after the release of the official results and clashes cannot be ruled out. Heightened security measures are likely to remain in effect, notably in the capital Lomé.


The C14 opposition coalition called for protests to denounce the December 20 legislative elections and prevent the vote from taking place, claiming that the elections will be "fraudulent." Between December 8 and December 11, eight people were killed in protests in the capital Lomé, as well as in other urban centers, such as Kpalimé, Sokodé, Mango, Bafilo, Bassar, and Tchamba.

The wave of political protests came amid negotiations - which resumed on June 27 after a three-month suspension - between the government and the opposition. According to a statement issued by opposition leaders, the government has refused to comply with a list of previously agreed-upon demands, including a return to the 1992 constitution as well as a referendum on constitutional amendments to reform the electoral system. Furthermore, the coalition accuses the government of blocking the implementation of a roadmap outlined by the regional organization ECOWAS to end the ongoing political crisis. According to the C14, the government continues to arrest opposition activists and has refused to release detainees. 


Individuals in Togo are advised to monitor local media, avoid all demonstrations due to the risk of violence, and refrain from discussing domestic political issues in public.


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