Africans vote in ‘Super Sunday’
Written by Morenike Adebayo on March 21, 2016
Elections have taken place in five African countries, while Senegal held a referendum on reducing presidential terms. A presidential run-off went ahead in Niger even though the opposition candidate was in a French hospital.
Congo-Brazzaville has cut all telecommunications for two days to prevent “illegal publication of results” of its presidential election. Elections were also held in Benin, Cape Verde and Zanzibar.
In Congo-Brazzaville, riot police used tear gas to disperse dozens of opposition supporters who alleged vote irregularity after voting ended in the capital. Opposition groups are reported to have been denied access to the counting of ballots.
The opposition in Niger called for a boycott of the election, alleging fraud, and a correspondent reported low turnout of voters. President Muhamadou Issoufou is expected to win a second term in a contest also featuring former prime minister and parliamentary speaker Hama Amadou.
Security was tight in Zanzibar after violent protests over recent elections. The opposition Civic United Front (CUF) had urged its supporters to boycott the poll.