Togolese parties agree on sticky electoral issues

17/01/2007
Togolese parties agree on sticky electoral issues

All stakeholders to the Inter- Togolese dialogue Tuesday agreed unanimously to make decisions within the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) in their country.

They reached the agreement during the third session of the follow-up committee on the Inter-Togolese dialogue in preparation for the 24 June parliamentary elections. 

Participants at the one-day meeting recommended the adoption of a secured voter's card having a numerized photo of the holder and the use of kits to make the electoral file.

 

In case of disagreement within the CENI, there should be a vote to the majority of the two thirds of the members present in the first round then to the relative majority in the second round is planned.

 

The Inter-Togolese dialogue facilitator, Burkinabe President, Blaise Compaoré, said this progress will help to solve the difficulties on the population census ahead of the parliamentary elections scheduled next June.

 

He praised Togolese politicians for ending the deadlock on the comprehensive political accord, which they signed a few months ago.

 

"I have much appreciated the loyalty of the transition institutions and the signatories to the comprehensive political accord that maintained their trust in this process," he said.

 

Compaoré said the consensus would facilitate an assessment of the implementation of the comprehensive political accord by trying to remove obstacles that had blocked its realisation.

 

"We particularly looked into the measures that could help bring more credibility and transparency to the upcoming electoral process, particularly the electoral census, the nature of the voters' card and the decision-making decision process for the CENI," he noted.

 

An official in the ruling Togolese People's Rally (RPT), Pascal Bodjona, said that the way of making decision within the CENI would allow better planning of the parliamentary elections.

Meanwhile, participants urged the Togolese government and the opposition to maintain their consultations in order to let the Union of Forces for Change (UFC) of Gilchrist Olympio in the national union government.

 

Burkinabe ministers for Foreign Affairs and for Security, representatives from the European Union (EU) and the Economic Community of the West African States (ECOWAS) attended the meeting as observers.  

 

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