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The Republic of Togo is
holding her Parliamentary and local council elections today, amidst
optimism of a successful and conclusive ballot that will herald reforms
in the polity.
However tension has been mounting in the
country over the inability to hold parliamentary elections in the
country. Since November, 2012 election dates have been shelved due to
the rift between

government and the opposition.


Presently, there is
no sitting Parliament in the country, raising concerns over the future
of democracy in the country. The division between the ruling party UNIR
and the opposition parties prompted the visit of the Chairman for the
Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State, President Alassane Ouattara and his
Nigerian counterpart, President Goodluck Jonathan last Friday, in order
to mediate in the face off.

Following the interface of the two
Presidents, all the five political parties namely, CLE, ANC, CPP, UFC
and UNIR resolved that the election should hold today as planned.

Meanwhile
to ensure a free and fair ballot, international and local peace
monitoring groups are already in the country to observe the process.

For
instance, the delegation of African Union Election Monitoring Group
have been in the country since last week to observe the process; also,
the Group of African Ambassadors in Togo held an emergency meeting
yesterday, just to strategize on their mission to observe and ensure
that the poll was free and fair.

The head of the Group, and Nigerian
Ambassador to Togo, Ambassador Matthew Sunday Adoli told journalists
after the meeting that the successful conduct of the poll was paramount
to Africa, even as he was enthused that the election will be credible. 
Elhadji Ibrahim Kane, of Guinea Consul to Togo restated the call for
peace, even as he expressed optimism that the election will hold without
any hitch.

Other observer mission groups that are in the country to
monitor the election are ECOWAS Group, the United Nations, African
Ambassadors Group, Group of Francophone countries.
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Adebayo Folorunsho-Francis is a communicator, Journalist, blogger, business coach and, of course, a prolific writer. He has Dip (Journalism) and B.A. (History & International Relations) from the Lagos State University (LASU). The self-effacing young man has worked for national, regional and local newspapers. He had worked with THISDAY covered community news for ISLAND NEWS and corresponded with P.M. NEWS (evening tabloid). Presently, he is the editor of CITYPULSE MEDIA and senior correspondent of PHARMANEWS, West Africa foremost health and pharmaceutical journal.

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