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Chad: Council confirms MPS victory

2011-03-22 11:51

Libreville - Chad's Constitutional Council on Tuesday confirmed the victory of President Idriss Deby Itano's Patriotic Movement of Salvation (MPS) in February's parliamentary elections.

The confirmation came as the country's Independent National Electoral Commission (Ceni) said on Monday it had postponed a presidential election until April 24, a delay of three weeks, to be able to organise the poll better.

"It's for internal reasons within the Ceni that we have decided it best to delay the election by a little bit, to gain a little more time, to organise things better," Ceni chief Yaya Mahamat Liguita told AFP in Libreville after the decision was announced.

Five candidates opposed to Deby have threatened to boycott the poll if several conditions are not met.

But Liguita said the postponement was unconnected: "Those have nothing to do with it, it's an internal problem in the Ceni."

In a joint document presented to the Ceni on March 03, the five opposition candidates asked for new voters' cards; the publication of fraud-proof digitalised voting papers; the respect by the government, territorial administrators and the army of measures to avoid abuse of power and of symbols of the state; an overhaul of the Ceni and steps to secure the safe passage of voting materials.