Togo-Elections: Early Results Suggest the Winner is… Gnassingbé
The National Independent Electoral Commission disclosed this Monday that, according to the partial official results, Faure Gnassingbe, leader of the ruling Union for the Republic Party, is in the lead with 62 % of votes. His immediate follower, with 32 % of votes, is Jean-Pierre Fabre, who run as the leader of a coalition of five opposition parties called the National Alliance for Change.
The scores of the four other challengers, namely Aime Tchabouré Gogué, representing the Alliance of Democrats for Integral Development (ADDI), Mouhamed Tchassona-Traoré, president of the Patriotic Movement for Democracy and Development (MCD) and Komandega Gerry Taama from the New Togolese commitment (NET) are not known yet.
According to the count of 214 876 ballots so far, the outgoing president gleaned 133 375 votes, against 68 957 for his rival, said the Elections Commission.
Faure Gnassingbe and Jean-Pierre Fabre were the main contenders of the 2010 elections that were won by the incumbent president with 61 % of votes while his challenger came distant second with 34%.
Many observers had predicted Gnassingbe’s victory because under his tenure, especially his second term (2010-2015,) Togo recorded progress at several levels, most importantly at the economic level.
From 2010 on, the landlocked West African country posted an annual growth rate of over 5 % (5.6% in 2014) and the country’s GDP has more than doubled since 2005, when he first came to power in 2005 after the death of his father.
Faure Gnassingbe also launched a number of reforms that are recognized as positive even by his opponents (public governance, social progress, improvement of infrastructure, freedom of speech…).
The National Electoral Commission has six days after the polling day to proclaim the official final results.