July 25, 2013
Togo Holds Twice-Delayed Parliamentary Election
Voters in the West African nation of Togo cast ballots in a parliamentary election Thursday held nine months late because of opposition demands for election reforms.
Election observers say the voting was peaceful but that the opposition complained about confusion and procedural problems. Some polling places opened late and lacked the proper voting materials, including ballots.
Voter turnout was reported to be light.
Twelve-hundred candidates are vying for 91 seats in parliament.
Analysts say the election is a test of support for President Faure Gnassingbe, whose family has ruled Togo since 1967. He succeeded his father, Eyadema, who died in 2005.
Parties supporting the president dominated Togo's last parliamentary election in 2007.