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11 Jan 2020 | 08:29 AM UTC

Comoros: Legislative elections scheduled for January 19

First round of the Comorian legislative elections to take place January 19

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Event

Comorians will vote in the first round of nationwide legislative elections on Sunday, January 19. Opposition parties have announced they will boycott the elections. Associated political and opposition rallies and gatherings are therefore to be expected.

A second round is expected to take place on Sunday, February 23.

Heightened security measures, rallies, and public demonstrations, as well as associated transportation disruptions are possible up to and shortly after the election.

Context

These elections are the second legislative elections in the nation's history. Political tensions are high on the archipelago; the country saw several coups since the nation's independence in 1975.

Advice

Individuals in Comoros are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate heightened security measures, avoid any public political demonstrations due to the risk of violence, anticipate localized disruptions on January 19, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.