Mohammed Bazoum and Mahamane Ousmane have qualified for the second round of the presidential election in Niger according to preliminary overall results announced by the Election Commission this Saturday morning. The second round is announced for February 20th.
According to the results of the first round, announced on Saturday morning by the Electoral Commission, former Minister Mohamed Bazoum, PNDS candidate, gets 1.879543 votes, and former President M.Ousmane 811,836 votes. The results were expected yesterday Friday, but the president of Ceni explained a little earlier to the national media that the high number of candidates this year had led to a longer treatment of the results and that the controls had been strict. The second round is announced for February 20th.
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Former Prime Ministers Seini Oumarou, 3rd, and Albadé Abouba, 4th, obtained 8.95% and 7.07% of the vote, respectively, ahead of former Foreign Minister Ibrahim Yacouba, 5th with 5.38% of the vote. Salou Djibo, another former president in the race, came in 6th place with 2.99% of the vote.
This is the first time in Niger’s history that an elected president succeeds another elected president.
The turnout is 69.67% with 5.2 million voters out of 7.4 million registered voters (for a population of 23 million inhabitants) according to these results, which have not yet been validated by the Constitutional Court, Agence France Presse specifies.