AU: Despite irregularities, Chad poll credible


Opposition politicians in Chad have claimed fraud during Sunday’s presidential election, but AU observers say the poll, while flawed, was fair.

Former Malian President and Head of the AU observer mission to Chad, Diouncounda Traore, said issues included the late opening of polling stations in hard-to-access areas and poorly trained polling officers, adding that he does not know what will happen after the proclamation of the results.

Mr Traore however noted that those who are not satisfied with the results should contest them in the courts.

But the AU has urged all candidates and their followers to accept the verdict.

Leader of the Pan African Institute for Election Assistance Observer Mission, Kamalloh Salifou Tourabi, said despite irregularities, voter participation was estimated at 85 percent.

The opposition said there is fraud, including ballot stuffing.

Chadian President Idris Deby is widely expected to win a fifth term in office.

The Electoral Commission has two weeks from April 10 to declare results.

Source: VOA

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