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.