Vote continuous in Benin after Sunday's elections

Vote continuous in Benin after Sunday's elections

- Voting counting continuous in Benin

- Thomas Yayi Boni has been president of Benin for two terms

- 33 people in all contested the elections

- There is likely to be a run-off for the elections

Vote continuous in Benin after Sunday's elections

Former banking chief Lionel Zinsou ran on behalf of the ruling party

Counting of votes is underway in Benin, after the country held elections on Sunday.

The keenly contested elections in the country’s history saw 33 candidates are fighting to become president after Thomas Boni Yayi who is stepping down as leader in the West African nation.

Benin's electoral commission is yet to start publishing official results, but local media reported that Mr Zinsou would probably go to a run-off to compete against businessman Patrice Talon. The electoral commission in Benin hopes to release official results on Tuesday.

RFI reports that Mr Zinsou, who is Franco-Beninese, is considered as "France's candidate" by his detractors.  Among other leading candidates is another businessman Sebastien Avajon, as well as economist Abdoulaye Bio Tchane and financier Pascal Irenee Koupaki.

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Most of the candidates made promises of Job creation and anti-corruption drives to the electorates. The ruling party's candidate is Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou, who used to head France's largest investment bank.

Sunday's election was delayed after problems with the distribution of polling cards, an issue that continued until the day before the vote.

Benin's constitution barred Mr Boni Yayi from seeking a third term, although he had tentatively sought changes to the text allowing him to do so. The rulers of other African countries such as Burundi, Rwanda and Congo-Brazzaville have recently changed their constitutions to allow third terms.

Benin, which gained independence from France in 1960 has a population of 10.6m people. The country’s president Yayi Boni has been ruling for two terms.

 

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