Benin presidential election expected to go to second round


Counting for Benin’s presidential election has started after voting took place yesterday (Sunday).

Around 4.7 million were entitled to vote at 13,664 polling stations for a record 33 candidates. Polling stations were due to open at 7 a.m. local time, but some had problems and opened late as well as closing later than planned.

President Thomas Boni Yayi has completed his two terms in office and is not running in the election. Instead his ruling Cowry Forces for an Emerging Benin (FCBE) adopted Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou as their candidate.

Of the other candidates the most likely to succeed are Adrien Houngbédji, a former president of the National Assembly and leader of the Democratic Renewal Party (PRD), businessman and Independent candidate Patrice Talon and Abdoulaye Bio Tchane, a former Africa director of the International Monetary Fund and former president of the West African Development Bank.

Early counting suggests that the election will go to a second round in two weeks’ time on 20th March.

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