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21 Dec 2019 | 12:44 PM UTC

Togo: Presidential elections to be held on February 22

Togo to hold presidential elections on February 22, 2020; political rallies and protests anticipated in the lead up to the elections

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Event

The government of Togo announced on Thursday, December 6, that presidential elections will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020. Should presidential candidates fail to obtain a majority greater than 51 percent, a second round of presidential elections will be organized. Polling stations are due to open nationwide from 07:00 to 16:00 (local time) on February 22.

Political rallies and protests are anticipated in the lead up to the elections and following the result of the election; a heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be anticipated near all such demonstrations.

Context

President Faure Gnassingbé has led Togo since 2005, and is expected to run for a fourth term in the 2020 elections.

In May, parliament approved a constitutional amendment capping the presidential mandate to two five-year terms, allowing President Gnassingbé to potentially stay in office until 2030.

Advice

Individuals in Togo are advised to monitor developments, avoid all political rallies and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.