largeAfter the main opponents boycotted votes she thought had been locked, Benin’s President Patrice Talon was heading to the expected re-election on Sunday, and turnout was significantly low at the end of the polling day.
Patrice Talon’s goal is to win “by the KO”. He is accused of an authoritarian struggle against the little democratic pioneer country in West Africa and swallowing the opposition.
15,531 polling stations closed at 4:00 pm Greenwich Mean Time (3:00 pm Greenwich Mean Time) and began counting votes immediately, but the enthusiasm was not high.
At the polling station visited by Agence France-Presse in the economic capital of Cotonou, the participation rate did not exceed 30%. Patrice Talon competed for the second term and took the lead in winning a big victory. Former opposition representative Alassane Soumanou And Corentin Kohoué are almost two opposition candidates unknown to the public.
The first batch of data collected by the election platform of civil society organizations showed that the turnout rate was “lower than the last election.”
According to the task of deploying about 1,400 observers across the country, “in all departments, attempts to exert pressure, intimidate, threaten, disrupt public order, corrupt or harass voters.”
The main opposition figures were either exiled, condemned and imprisoned by the court, or prevented from running for election due to the new electoral law and institutional reforms.
Ricardo, a web development student, is 23 years old. In Cotonou, he compiled the results of the presidential movement he supported. He said: “The voting went smoothly here, and we did not have any incidents or problems.”
He said: “Our attendance rate is very low. People’s attendance rate is not high. In the first result here, the president is largely in the lead.”
According to an AFP reporter at the scene, in Sawie, in the north-central part of the country, two people were killed in pre-election violence. Polling stations and ballot boxes were empty all day, and some were burned to death by strangers.
According to the Civil Society Observer Group, in the neighboring former president Thomas Boni Yayi’s stronghold in the investigation of Uru, “no polling stations are open.”
Taron, 62, said: “We must educate each other so that frustration does not necessarily lead to violence.” He said while wearing a Sahara shirt and beige pants when voting in Cotonou.
According to him, Saville’s demonstrators, “young people, children, and hunters” were “manipulated” to attack the Republic. Although the suppression was sometimes bloody since the last few days, the police still “with superb skills and expertise” Knowledge” responded.
The streets of Cotonou remain calm throughout the day, but many people worry that violence may occur during the counting of votes or when the results are scheduled to be announced on Monday or Tuesday.
“We are very worried,” a 51-year-old businessman, Mama Salessou, said frankly in front of the Cotonou polling station, referring to “what happened in the north”.