Opposition candidate withdraws from second round of Presidential election
Opposition candidate Hama Amadou, who has been running his presidential campaign from prison and who was expected to face incumbent President Mahamadou Issoufou in the second round runoff on 20th March has withdrawn from the campaign.
Amadou’s team from the Coalition for an Alternative issued a statement saying “The Coalition for an Alternative has decided to suspend its participation in the electoral process and asks its representatives to withdraw from the electoral commission.”
The coalition, which consists of about 20 opposition parties, has also instructed its Deputies to withdraw from the National Assembly. The coalition has questioned the detention of Amadou as a political move, has challenged the partiality of the Constitutional Court and also the results of the first round on 21st February.
In the first round vote Mahamadou Issoufou of the Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS-TARRAYYA) took 48.43% of the vote whilst Hama Amadou of the Nigerien Democratic Movement for an African Federation (MODEN/FA) which has been supported by the Coalition for an Alternative took 17.73%.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) has said that the election will go ahead with Hama Amadou’s name on the ballot paper. Yesterday the CENI continued with the process without a representative from Hama Amadou and he was positioned as first on the ballot paper.