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06 Feb 2020 | 07:35 AM UTC

Togo: Campaign period for presidential elections to start February 6 /update 2

Candidates start campaign for presidential election as of February 6; heightened security measures at related political events expected



The campaign period for Togo's upcoming presidential elections, set for Saturday, February 22, officially began on Thursday, February 6, and will last until Thursday, February 20.

A total of seven candidates including incumbent President Faure Gnassingbé will run for president in the first round of the presidential elections. Should presidential candidates fail to obtain a majority greater than 51 percent, a second round of presidential elections will be organized at an undetermined date.

Political rallies and gatherings are anticipated in the lead up to the elections and following the results. A heightened security presence and localized transport disruptions are to be anticipated near all election related events.


Polling stations are due to open nationwide from 07:00 to 16:00 (local time) on February 22.

Gnassingbé who has led Togo since 2005, will run for a fourth term in office. In May, parliament struck down a constitutional clause capping the presidential mandate to two five-year terms, allowing President Gnassingbé to potentially stay in office until 2030.


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.