Following the publication of the election calendar setting out the first round of the April 11 presidential election, the first withdrawal of the sponsorship form began on Tuesday, January 12th. The new election law introduced by Patrice Talon requires that every presidential candidate, 16 sponsoring a deputy or mayor. No candidate other than him is able to bring them together. However, he promised an open vote. So will the elected representatives of the majority sponsor the opposition candidates?
as reported from Cotonou, Jean-Luc Aplogan
This first day, the Electoral Commission saw 21 deputies and mayors in the Talon camp. It is a white sheet in A4 format entitled “Nominative Sponsor Form”. On the front page, there are ten lines to fill in, especially the sponsor’s names and party and the name of the supported candidate.
16 sponsorships are required per. Declared candidate. Patrice Talon will bring them together easily, his majority has more than 150 elected out of 159. That is him the only one who can meet this condition. The opposition, which calls for open competition, fears a single candidate as the candidate to be elected by voters on April 11, despite the promise of an inclusive vote by Benin’s head of state.
Are the elected members of the majority ready to sponsor opposition candidates? Response from Abdoulaye Gounou, president of the majority in the Republican parliamentary group: “The head of state needs a maximum of 16, the rest will be used for what? As for me, I am ready to give my vote to an opposition candidate as long as the social project he presents is attractive. ”
Progressive Union, the other major pro-Talon party, will say what it will do on Saturday during a meeting in its political office. “We must both protect political pluralism and respect individual choices,” sums up one of its senior officials.
For us, it is very clear that there is no possibility of choice under the current conditions. With applicable laws. So Cena has published an election calendar, we are not informed about. We have not seen an election calendar, it does not matter. We reject a bloc election code because it is exclusive, which does not allow the free expression and participation of political parties.
Donklam Abalo, spokesman for the Social and Liberal Union by Sébastien Ajavon