CAR returns to electoral process

17/02/2010
CAR returns to electoral process

The Action Committee for Renewal (CAR) , the second largest opposition party in Togo, announced its return on Tuesday to the electoral process, although it admitted "far from being satisfied" with measures taken by the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI).
This decision was announced during a press conference held at the CAR headquarters in Lome in the presence of the party's National President Dodji Apevon and the party's presidential candidate, Yawovi Agboyibo.
On Saturday, CAR decided to suspend the participation of its two representatives in CENI and its candidate Agboyibo in the electoral process, saying their demands "for measures that will bring about a free and fair election " had been rejected.
Hours after the opening of election campaigns on Tuesday, CENI decided to use serialized ballot papers, but said the principle of authentication of ballot papers will be done in the polling centers.
CENI announced, without elaborating, that the outlines of this principle will be defined and transmitted to the electoral clerks within the polling centers during their training.
"CAR is far from being satisfied with these partial solutions and is still waiting for convincing answers to all its demands," the party said.
However, CAR noted that they had raised their concerns with CENI which promised to work on their demands. The party then decided to ask their representatives to the institution and their candidate "to resume their participation in the electoral process. "
While suspending its participation from the electoral process, CAR said the whole election process appeared as "a farce" and that it would not take a risk of being part of it.
CAR holds complaints about the revision of electoral lists and code related to voting. It demands authentication of ballot papers by at least two of the agents in the polling station, usage of serialized ballot papers for easier traceability, consensus within CENI and a delay of the election to solve problems first.
The Togolese presidential election scheduled for March 4 will mark the end of the first term of President Faure Gnassingbe.

© Xinhua

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