“No later than the end of the first quarter of 2024” is when Togo’s upcoming legislative and regional elections are scheduled to take place, the government declared on Monday.
The timeline that has been suggested reschedules the December 2018 pledge made by President Faure Gnassingbe to hold elections within a year.
The opposition protested “irregularities” in the census and boycotted the most recent legislative and regional elections in 2018.
The opposition has called for a spike in registration in an attempt to unseat the ruling Union for the Republic (UNIR) party.
The opposition in Togo denied on Tuesday that it still feared fraud in the impending election, despite an electoral register having been verified by an international organization.
Eric Dupuy, spokesperson for the opposition National Alliance for Change (ANC), told AFP, “This is another trick to reinforce electoral fraud with certification by the OIF,”
Togo’s head of state has been in power since 2005 after the death of his father, General Eyadema Gnassingbe, who became the country’s leader for 38 years.
Faure Gnassingbe has won every election since taking office, despite claims to the contrary from the opposition.