largeChadians voted in Sunday’s presidential election, and Marshal President Idriss Déby Itno is seeking a sixth term to ensure that after defeating the scarce term of six Senate members, six will be defeated. candidate.
The real focus of this vote is still the participation of 7.3 million voters out of 15 million residents. The two camps are already fighting for victory: the strongest opposition believes that it has followed the call for boycotts, and the government has ensured that Chadians vote on a large scale.
A polling station in Mardjadanfac in the pro-Derby district of the capital has just closed, and the counting of votes has begun. The Agence France-Presse reporter pointed out that out of the 393 registered votes, about 141 people voted, and the Patriotic Rescue (MPS) candidate Derby won an overwhelming majority.
According to Agence France-Presse, polling stations in N’Djamena and other parts of the country were conducted peacefully, and the only ballot box was burned by a group of people in an area of the capital.
The head of state, who has been in power for 30 years, conducted a morning vote in front of a large number of reporters, soldiers and armed police, and called on the people to do the same.
A young shopkeeper, Bernadette, said: “I voted for the marshal, because thanks to him, I am free to go where I want to go.”
Marshal Derby conducted extensive campaigns on “peace and security”. He said that he is his home country, but in his home country, it is also in a tortured region: Chad is a landlocked country, in Libya, Sudan, The Central African Republic and other countries are inland, and are the main contributors to the country. Fighting jihadists in the Sahel is done by sending experienced troops to Mali and sometimes even Nigeria.
But the economic record is depressing. According to the Human Development Index of the United Nations Project in 2020, Chad ranks 187th out of 189 cities. According to data from the World Bank, in 2018, 42% of Chad’s population lived below the poverty line.
The Mousal district south of N’Djamena enjoys a considerable anti-Derby reputation. There are relatively few voters in front of the office and the ballot boxes are almost empty.
A little further, the ballot box can be full, but there will be no long lines. Among the 241 registered, 18 voted at 11:00 AM, and one of the jurors participated in the vote.
Seven young people gathered in front of a national lottery terminal. “I don’t vote, I don’t have a candidate, we want to change, our children don’t go to school, because even if we have paid them to register, the teachers are not paid.” Mark Mugabe robbed the motorcycle taxi, Claiming to have worked hard to earn money between the ages of 3 and 3. 5 Euros per day. “Whether we vote or not, Derby will continue to be in power, so it is useless.”
In the middle of the afternoon, there was not a single voter among the ten polling stations visited by AFP reporters.
In N’Djamena, the streets are almost empty, with large numbers of police and soldiers criss-crossing the city.
Most residents seem to have lost interest in “scheduled” ballots and struggled to maintain a balance between water and power outages, sometimes for several days in a row.
For months, the regime has systematically banned “peaceful alternations” attempted by the most powerful opposition parties. The powerful riot police dispersed every beginning of the rally, attracting only dozens of reckless people.