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Togo: Huge win for ruling party in legislative poll

APA-Lomé (Togo) by Nephtali Menssanh Ledy

The Union for the Republic (Unir) has won the parliamentary elections in Togo by a wide margin, winning 59 of the 91 parliamentary seats.

According to provisional election results published by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Unir retains its parliamentary majority, losing just three seats compared to the previous legislature.

Unir is followed by the Union of Forces for Change (UFC), an allied party since 2010, with six seats. In addition, four new parties have joined parliament: the New Togolese Commitment (Net) and the Patriotic Movement for Democracy and Development (MPDD).

They are each credited with three seats, whereas the Movement of Centrist Republicans (MRC) and the Pan-African Democratic Party (PDP) each have one seat.

The remaining 18 seats went to 10 lists of independents.

"These provisional outcomes will be transmitted to the Constitutional Court in accordance with Article 103 of the Electoral Code, the only body empowered to give the final results", the president of the INEC declared.

Meeting last Saturday in Abuja for their 54th ordinary session, ECOWAS leaders said they took note of the Togolese legislative elections, and "strongly" regretted the opposition's boycott.


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