ERICK KAGLAN, Associated Press
LOME, Togo (AP) — Togo’s main opposition leader on Wednesday rejected provisional results that declared the re-election of the president for a third five-year term, and called for results to be canceled.
President Faure Gnassingbe’s win, announced as provisional results by the election commission, would extend a family dynasty that has lasted nearly a half-century.
Election commission chairman Taffa Tabiou announced late Tuesday night that Gnassingbe won about 59 percent of the vote in Saturday’s election. His main challenger, Jean Pierre Fabre, had 35 percent of the vote, the commission said.
Fabre on Wednesday called the results fraudulent and demanded a cancellation of results.
“I call on the people to mobilize by all legal means to counter this new coup,” he said, charging that the government had refused to organize free and fair elections.
He said that early results had shown he was in the lead. Fabre had also demanded a recount early Tuesday.
A national grouping of civil society organizations gave the voting process fairly high marks, commending the electoral commission and security forces for their roles in ensuring a smooth election day and lamenting only that some voters had difficulty finding their polling stations and their names on electoral rolls.
An observer mission of the West African regional bloc ECOWAS said it turned up “no major incident that may taint the credibility of the voting process.”
Gnassingbe has been in power since 2005 when he won marred elections to succeed his father, who died of a heart attack that year after 38 years in office. The son won re-election to a second five-year term in 2010.
Results will be transmitted to the Constitutional Court later Wednesday, the commission said. The court will then verify and publish final results before May 3, the official end of Gnassingbe’s second term.
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