Niger: Elections Dash to a 2d Round Slated for February

In Niger, Mohammed Bazoum and Mahamane Ousmane occupy made it thru to the second spherical of the nation’s presidential elections, with neither candidate garnering ample ballots to scheme discontinuance outright within the 27 December vote.

Provisional results gave Bazoum, candidate for the Nigerien Occasion for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS), over 39 p.c of the foremost spherical ballot (spherical 1.88 million votes) versus 17 p.c for Ousmane, in line with an announcement by the electoral rate on Saturday morning.

The electoral rate, initially attributable to disclose provisional results on Friday, outlined that the super area of candidates on this year’s fling, ended in beyond trendy time for vote counting and extra rigorous controls.

A second spherical is predicted on 20 February.

Standard Prime Minister Seini Oumarou came in third, taking practically 9 p.c of votes, with one other aged top minister, Albadé Abouba, placing fourth on 7 p.c. Standard international affairs minister Ibrahim Yacouba secured 5.38 p.c and aged President Salou Djibo took lower than 3 p.c of the vote.

It is miles the foremost time in Niger‘s history that an elected president will be triumphant one other elected president. Bazoum is a aged international affairs and internal minister, whereas Ousmane is one other aged president.

Election turnout used to be practically 70 p.c with 5.2 million voters heading to the polls, in line with the electoral rate’s results, which quiet ought to be validated by the nation’s constitutional court.

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