The main opposition coalition in Togo said on Monday it will boycott December 20 general elections and call for further protests over what it alleged was a “fraudulent” poll. “We’re not going to give our blessing to this masquerade being prepared,” a co-ordinator in the coalition, Brigitte Adjamagbo-Johnson, told local radio. Togo’s Constitutional Court has validated ballots for 12 parties – but not any for the 14-party opposition coalition that has staged protests in the former French colony over the past year. Ballots for 17 independent candidates have also been approved.
Adjamagbo-Johnson vowed “we will do everything so that the elections don’t happen – we never want fraudulent elections in Togo”.
She said the coalition has asked the Economic Community of West African States, a regional body that has been following Togo’s political crisis, to step in.
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