African Union observers say Togo vote acceptable

28/07/2013
African Union observers say Togo vote acceptable

African Union observers said Saturday that Togo's parliamentary elections were held in acceptable conditions despite the opposition alleging irregularities, as partial results showed the ruling party ahead.

"Despite several incidents recorded on the day of the vote, (the elections) allowed Togolese voters to express their choice in a calm and serene atmosphere," a statement from the AU's 32-member observer team said.

"As a result, the mission finds that the July 25, 2013 election was held in acceptable conditions."

Observers noted organisational issues, such as the late opening of some polling stations.

The 15-nation West African bloc ECOWAS, which sent 80 observers, had on Friday announced similar findings.

President Faure Gnassingbe's UNIR party was ahead in partial, provisional results from the electoral commission, while the Let's Save Togo coalition was the strongest opposition contender.

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