Togo’s 2024 election date moved, deposit requirements revised

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Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé has rescheduled the parliamentary and regional elections to April 20, as confirmed by a government announcement issued on Saturday, February 24th, 2024.

The decision was reportedly made in response to requests from political stakeholders, based on reports from the ministers responsible for territorial administration and finance, and on the recommendation of the Electoral Commission.

The armed forces will cast their votes on April 17, three days before the general election, as per the electoral code. This amendment applies to defense and security forces, paramilitary forces, and the operational reserve across the entire nation.

The government had previously unveiled the election date in early February, putting an end to months of uncertainty since the elections were originally slated for late 2023.

This upcoming round of parliamentary elections will coincide with regional elections, marking a historic first for Togo.

Additionally, the government has reduced the required deposit for candidates: now set at 300,000 CFA francs (almost 500 US dollars) for legislative candidates (previously 500,000), and 150,000 CFA francs (approximately $225) for regional candidates (previously 200,000).

Source : icilome.com