Live updates and Breakdown of the 2020 Nigerien President and National Assembly Election
Voters in the Sahel state of Niger heads to the polls on Sunday for an election that, amid a violent jihadist uprising, could seal the country’s first-ever peaceful handover between the candidates.
Around 7.4 Million Voters are Eligible to Vote in the General Election
Updated at 8:30 WAT: About 7.4 million people are registered to vote for the new president, the ballot coinciding with legislative elections.
Former Minister of the Interior Mohamed Bazoum, the ruling party’s candidate, is the overwhelming favorite to succeed President Mahamadou Issoufou, who is stepping down after two five-year terms leading the largely desert country of 23 million. By Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed.
Sporadic Attacks Will Not Prevent the Stage of the Elections
Updated at 9:10 WAT: A peaceful transfer of power would be a milestone for Niger, which has experienced four coups since gaining independence from France in 1960.
The army has been deployed for Sunday’s vote, authorities say.
Approximately 7.4 million people are registered to vote for the new president, a race that coincides with legislative elections.
“Sporadic attacks will not prevent the stage of the elections,” a spokesman said on Thursday. By Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed.
Niger Began Counting of Votes in Search of First Democratic Transition
Niger began counting the votes on Sunday from an election that is expected to lead to the West African nation’s first transfer of power between two democratically elected presidents.
For a nation that has seen four coups since securing independence from France in 1960, a peaceful handover will be a remarkable bright spot for a world that is ravaged by hunger and Islamist brutality that has killed hundreds of civilians and soldiers in the last year alone.
Results are expected in the coming days. By Yosam Mukundane