The official candidate Mohamed Bazoum has won the presidential elections last Sunday in Niger, but will have to dispute a second round with the opponent Mahamane Ousmane, after knowing some results that have already been denounced by the opposition.
Bazoum leads the results announced today by the Electoral Commission with 39.33% of votes, followed by Ousmane, who obtained 16.89% of the support, but the two candidates will have to go to a second round on February 21 at none of them having exceeded 50% of the votes.
The participation in the first round of these elections, held on December 27, was 69.67% (5,187,668 voters), on a day in which there were also legislative elections, which will decide the composition of Parliament (171 seats) for the next five years.
The Electoral Commission has published the provisional results on its electronic portal, when the votes of 25,794 out of a total of 25,978 voting centers in all regions of the country have been counted.
Government victory in the parliamentarians
The formation of Bazoum (61 years), the Nigerian Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS), also achieved a important victory in the parliamentary, with 80 seats compared to 7 for the Democratic and Republican Regrouping (RDR) of Ousmane (70 years).
Ousmane was the first democratically elected president in 1993 after the 1991 National Sovereign Conference (CNS), which enshrined the country’s return to democracy.
The rest of the seats are widely distributed among the other political formations, according to the results released today, which would further contribute to the ruling party dominating in Parliament.
On the other hand, five seats destined for Nigerians living abroad are left vacant as the elections are not held abroad due to covid-19.
The achievements in the presidential and legislative elections of the ruling party are added to those of the local elections of December 13, whose results have not yet been published, although the formation in power and its allies assure that have won 1,700 out of a total of 4,000 seats destined for local positions throughout the country.
Complaints from the opposition
These results, which make it clear that the future political scene in Niger will be marked by the continuity of the current system of President Mohamadou Issoufou, the PNDS and in office since 2011, have already been denounced by the opposition.
After knowing the scrutiny, the leaders of the main opposition parties met in the capital to analyze the results and decide a joint answer which has yet to be announced.
“These are their figures (those results), but we have ours that clearly show that we are leading,” the head of the Ousmane electoral campaign, Elhadj Ali Maman, told Efe before attending that meeting.
Opposition groups had denounced before the elections that the electoral process had been directed unilaterally by those in power and that the composition of the Electoral Commission had not been the object of consensus.