Mahamadou Issoufou was elected in the second round of the Nigerian presidential election, according to preliminary overall results published by the Independent National Electoral Commission on Tuesday. The outgoing president would win 92.49% of the votes.

Mahamadou Issoufou won the second round of the presidential Niger, according to preliminary overall results provided by the CENI Tuesday, March 22. The outgoing president, who accesses a second term, win 92.49 %% of votes in the second round of presidential elections. Mahamadou Issoufou, who had emerged victorious in the first round with 48.41%, had indeed made ​​full support to the approach of the second round, consolidating his lead.

Facing him, his opponent, Hama Amadou, would total only 7.51% of the vote. The applicant was nevertheless supported by the Coalition for 2016 alternation (Copa 2016), which included Seini Oumarou (Niger Movement for Society Development, NMSS) and Mahamane Ousmane (Niger Movement for Democratic Renewal, MRND-Hankuri). He had obtained 17.79% in the first round.

But the opposition coalition had called for an active boycott, claiming the establishment of a political transition . Especially, Hama Amadou, who was imprisoned in Filingué since November, was evacuated to Paris for health reasons on March 16 , and has followed the vote from the American Hospital in Neuilly, having campaigned from his cell. Copa 2016 already announced that it did not recognize the election results.

Shortly before their proclamation, she denounced “an electoral farce in which the expression of the popular will, truth and justice are disfigured.” “From 1 April 2016 [when the Constitutional Court must later confirm or not the results, Ed], COPA assert republican legality in the name of popular sovereignty.”

The subject turnout

The outcome of the second round reserving little suspense, it is the participation rate, and therefore the success or failure of the boycott of the opposition, which has been under the spotlight since the vote March 20 . According to the CENI, the participation would amount to 59.79%. A figure that has already been challenged in the opposition, which released during the day of Monday, March 21, releases reports of an approximately 10% (11.05% according to the last document).

“The polling stations were empty, some even closed without having received a ballot,” believes a source in the Copa 2016. “These are lies,” Did we immediately responded, within the presidential party the Nigerien Party for democracy and socialism (PNDS), which emphasizes that the opposition, by withdrawing from the electoral process and the CENI, can have obtained reliable figures.

The European Union, without mentioning figures, for its part, took “note of the declining participation” in a statement issued Monday, March 21. She said, “advocating for the establishment of a peaceful political climate, through an inclusive and constructive dialogue, contributing to the consolidation of democracy and the proper functioning of all institutions.” The International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) also calls for a dialogue to be in place very quickly. Michel Kafando, head of the OIF information to the mission deployed in Niamey, raised the issue with the opposition and President Issoufou. He was optimistic.

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