Quick updates on several recent or ongoing African elections:
- Niger: The run-off election on Saturday went smoothly, according to observers from the AU and ECOWAS. Turnout was between 35 and 40 percent, the electoral commission announced. General Salou Djibo, outgoing leader of the military junta, said the elections will “set an example for the rest of Africa.” Results are expected today (Fr), and I will update the post if they appear.
- Benin: Presidential elections took place Sunday after two delays, pitting incumbent President Boni Yayi against a divided opposition.
- Chad: After a ruling party coalition won the parliamentary elections on February 13 and opposition figures complained loudly about procedural issues, President Idriss Deby has reportedly agreed to delay the presidential contest, originally scheduled for April 3.
Let us know if you hear anything about these elections, particularly the results for Niger’s vote. I will have a longer post up later today.
[UPDATE]: Provisional results in Niger’s run-off give Mahamadou Issoufou 58% of the vote to Seyni Oumarou’s 42%. Many predicted that Issoufou would win, and the coalition he assembled between January 31 and now has held. Now all that remains for the transition back to civilian rule, scheduled for April 6, is the electoral commission’s certification of the result.