Togo: 'Presidential poll held under acceptable conditions'

Lome, Togo (PANA) - The presidential elections in Togo on Saturday were held “under acceptable free and transparent conditions,” the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission has declared.

In its Preliminary Declaration issued in Lomé, the Togolese capital, on Sunday, the 100-strong regional observation Mission headed by former President of Liberia’s Interim Government Amos Sawyer welcomed the efforts made by all stakeholders, particularly the Togolese people, Government, political parties and security forces, to ensure proper conduct of the elections, in peace and tranquility.

It particularly welcomes the ''sense of responsibility and discipline shown by the voters when expressing their civil rights (and) underlines the active participation of women in the voting process.”

The Mission also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) “for the successful organization of the election”.

It said the election was crucial not only for the consolidation of democratic governance in Togo, but also for reconciliation and national unity, and expressed the hope that this would lead to the deepening of political, economic and security reforms needed for the country’s development.

The Mission called on Togolese people, leaders of political parties, and their supporters, to refrain from any acts of violence, intimidation or provocation during “this crucial phase of peace and democracy consolidation in the best interest of the nation”.

It urges compliance “with law and order at all times, and calls on all the security forces to sustain their joint efforts in strict compliance with the Republican spirit”, and on all the candidates to resort exclusively to legal channels to resolve any electoral dispute that may arise.

After Nigeria’s recent successful and historical elections, which were generally adjudged to be transparent, fair and credible, Togo is the second ECOWAS Member State to conduct elections this year, to be followed by Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso.

PANA reports that the five elections in West Africa are part of the 10 to be held across Africa in 2015.
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30 Abril 2015 10:01:44

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