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Togo: opposition rejects results

08.March.2010 · Posted in news, politics

Togo’s main opposition party is rejecting results announced by the electoral commission that indicate the country’s president has won re-election. The opposition says it will challenge those results when they are transmitted to Togo’s constitutional court within the next week. Kofi Yamgnane is the spokesman for the Republican Front for Change, which backs Fabre. He ...

Togo’s main opposition party is rejecting results announced by the electoral commission that indicate the country’s president has won re-election.

The opposition says it will challenge those results when they are transmitted to Togo’s constitutional court within the next week.

Kofi Yamgnane is the spokesman for the Republican Front for Change, which backs Fabre. He told French radio that Togolese opposition leaders will contest the re
sults given by the Independent National Electoral Commission and denounce what they call electoral fraud.

Before the announcement of final poll results, Fabre led several-hundred opposition demonstrators into the capital’s main square. Riot police broke up that protest with tear-gas and set up barricades at strategic positions. Witnesses say Lome was quieter than usual late Saturday.

Fabre says there were voting irregularities, including stuffed ballot boxes. An opposition member of the electoral commission resigned Saturday to protest what he called fraud.

Observers from the Economic Community of West African States say they believe the vote was fair, but they are expressing concern about the reliability of totals reported to the electoral commission after a breakdown in the satellite system that was to transmit returns from polling stations.

Regional military observers and several-thousand special Togolese forces were deployed to maintain calm during this vote. According to U.N. estimates, post-electoral violence in 2005 killed more than 400 people and sent thousands of refugees into Ghana and Benin.

President Gnassingbe won that 2005 vote following the death of his father, Gnassingbe Eyadema, who ruled Togo for more than 38 years.

Togolese vote as Gnassingbe seeks second term

06.March.2010 · Posted in politics

Voting in Togo’s presidential election began calmly on Thursday against a backdrop of violence in previous polls and opposition allegations incumbent President Faure Gnassingbe may rig the outcome. Hundreds died in post-election violence in the small West African nation after the 2005 presidential election and voting this time comes as the region is shaken by ...

Voting in Togo’s presidential election began calmly on Thursday against a backdrop of violence in previous polls and opposition allegations incumbent President Faure Gnassingbe may rig the outcome.

Hundreds died in post-election violence in the small West African nation after the 2005 presidential election and voting this time comes as the region is shaken by a coup in Niger, street riots over delayed Ivory Coast polls and instability in Guinea.

Polls in Togo’s seaside capital, Lomé, opened at about 7am, with queues forming outside voting stations.

It was too early to give any indication of the turnout but there were no reports of problems up country.

“I have just voted for a change in regime. We want jobs and a decent life, but we must look out for fraud as that is what leads to violence,” Achille Koto said after voting in the opposition neighbourhood of Be.

West African and European Union observers monitored the election across Togo.

Posters bearing the portraits of the seven candidates were hung across Lomé, but campaigning ceased two days earlier.

“We must all keep in mind that our chosen candidate may or may not be the one chosen by the majority,” the head of Togo’s electoral commission Taffa Taboin said at a press conference on Wednesday.

“We are committed to an election that is just, fair, transparent and without violence that will allow Togo to take its place among modern democracies.”

Gnassingbe, the candidate of the ruling Togolese People’s Rally , took power in 2005 after the death of his father Gnassingbe Eyadema, who ruled as a dictator for 38 years.

Gnassingbe’s 2005 victory set off protests in which the military killed between 400 and 500 people, according to UN estimates, triggering a refugee crisis in Ghana and Benin.

Source: www.sowetan.co.za, 20100305

Togo

17.January.2009 · Posted in African countries

Full Name Togolese Republic Capital Lomé Form of Government Republic Date of Independence 27 April, 1960 Date of Entry into the UN Total Area 56,785 km2 (125th)21,925 sq mi Total Population (2006 estimate) 6,300,000 (100th) Time Zone GMT (UTC+0) Currency CFA Franc GDP (Nominal, 2007 estimate) $2.497 billion GDP Per Capita $386 Human Development Index ...

Full Name Togolese Republic
Capital Lomé
Form of Government Republic
Date of Independence 27 April, 1960
Date of Entry into the UN
Total Area 56,785 km2 (125th)
21,925 sq mi
Total Population (2006 estimate) 6,300,000 (100th)
Time Zone GMT (UTC+0)
Currency CFA Franc
GDP (Nominal, 2007 estimate) $2.497 billion
GDP Per Capita $386
Human Development Index .512
Languages French
Etnic Groups
Religions 48% Christianity, 33% Animist, 14% Islam
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