First municipal elections in Togo for more than 30 years

First municipal elections in Togo for more than 30 years

Elections

The last municipal councilors were elected in 1987 for a five-year term. Since then, there has been no vote.

Togolese voters are expected to elect, on June 30, 2019, more than 1500 municipal councilors. The opposition, which boycotted the legislative elections of 2018, participates in the election and hopes to win town halls in this country ruled for more than 50 years by the same family Gnassingbe.

The power has always refused to organize local elections. Today, with the pressure of the international community, he is resolving to organize
Eric Dupuy, spokesperson for the National Alliance for Change (opposition).

A second chance?

This vote constitutes a catch-up session for the opposition which, in principle, has every chance on its side. Town halls are currently run by councilors appointed by the authorities and their management is much criticized.

The election came a few weeks after the adoption of a new law allowing President Faure Gnassingbe to run in 2020 and 2025, while hundreds of thousands of people had been demanding for two years the change and limitation of presidential terms.

Most opposition parties presented lists calling on Togolese to vote en masse. “Togo is in serious democratic deficit and we will take our destiny in hand,” Brigitte Adjamagbo Johnson, coordinator of the opposition coalition, told Africainfo.

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