Togo’s strongman roots for 4th term in office in Saturday election
In West Africa’s Togo, the Gnassingbes, family members of President Faure Gnassingbe have been in power since 1967. Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé Eyadéma has been the President of Togo since 2005. He is rooting for his fourth term in office in the presidential coming up on Saturday, barring any last-minute hitches.
Advance vote of the police and security have been highlighted on Wednesday. They are the first to go to the polls, as is the tradition in Togo. The police and security forces will vote 72 hours before the rest of the population.
Before assuming the presidency, he was appointed by his father, President Gnassingbé Eyadéma, as Minister of Equipment, Mines, Posts, and Telecommunications, serving from 2003 to 2005.
Political campaigns are scheduled to end on Thursday February 20 in the evening and three days before the presidential election, the candidates continue to meet the populations.
Tchambakou Ayassor, the president of the CENI, who held a press conference on Tuesday, assured that the Election Commission had taken all the measures to ensure that the entire poll went smoothly. Sensitive material, such as ballots or indelible ink, will be dispatched at the last minute to the 9,300 polling stations across the country.
The president of the CENI also welcomed the peaceful climate in which this campaign is taking place despite he said that there were some disruption of meetings for some candidates.
Three days before the vote, the seven contenders are trying to mobilize their base and convince the undecided in an interview with AFP Tuesday February 18, Faure Gnassingbé assured that the jihadist pressure was ” very strong ” in the extreme north of the country. ” Our main asset is stability and security, ” said the president-candidate.
For his part, Jean-Pierre Fabre once again advocated change. ” Work-study is an absolute necessity “, launched the ANC leader during a press conference organized in the Togolese capital. Gabriel Agbéyomé Kodjo, former Prime Minister under Eyadéma Gnassingbé meanwhile traveled the north of the country and spoke late Tuesday evening to the people of Atakpame in the plateau region. He is convinced to be elected on February 22.
The need to change is transversal at the level of all regions of Togo, at the level of all social strata. This is what leads me to affirm that I will be President of the Republic on February 22, 2020.