Presidential second round runoff today


Voting takes place today in the second round runoff for the presidential election. There are 5,241,995 eligible voters and they will be voting between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. local time. In the first round on 21st February there were problems in some polling stations and voting was carried over into a second day.

In the first round incumbent President Mahamadou Issoufou of the centre-left 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%.

Subsequently Hama Amadou, who has been running his campaign from prison, withdrew from the contest but his name will still appear on the ballot paper. On 16th March Hama Amadou was flown to Paris for medical treatment after collapsing.

Mahamadou Issoufou is the likely winner of today’s contest and you can find his 2016 – 2021 programme (in French) here.

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