Togo moots July parliamentary polls

2013-05-15 20:41
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Lome - Togo's electoral commission on Wednesday said parliamentary elections which have been repeatedly postponed amid a wave of protests for electoral reforms, could take place in early July.

The elections, first set down for October and then March were delayed without explanation, as the opposition demanded sweeping reforms in the west African nation which has been led by the same family for 46 years.

"In view of all the tasks that have to be accomplished, we can hold the elections in the very first week of July," chairman of the commission, Angele Dola Aguigah, said on a national radio.

She did not give a precise date for the poll, which will have to be confirmed by government.

Local elections expected to hold the same time as the parliamentary poll will not take place, she said, without giving reasons for the government decision.

Togo, a narrow country on the west coast of Africa, has never held local elections. Municipalities are run by 'chairmen of special delegations', appointed by the head of state.

About 3.1 million voters were registered during voters' registration last month.

Major opposition political parties have organised demonstrations in Lome for reforms including the recomposition of the electoral body which have often been broken up by police firing teargas.

They have also called for the resignation of President Faure Gnassingbe, who has won two elections, contested by the opposition, since being installed by the military in 2005 after the death of his father.

Gnassingbe Eyadema ruled Togo for 38 years with an iron fist, and the country has often come under fire for rights abuses.

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