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Benin’s electoral campaign ends this Friday at midnight

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The campaign for Sunday’s January 8 legislative elections in Benin ends this Friday at midnight.

Seven parties, three of which claim to be in opposition, are vying for the 109 seats in the National Assembly.

Among them, Les Démocrates, the party of former President Thomas Boni Yayi, is participating in a ballot for the first time and will have to measure his strength.

The Bloc républicain (BR), the party of the presidential movement best rooted in the north, will have a strong opponent this time in this area where the former head of state is based.

Discreet since the beginning of the campaign, former President Thomas Boni Yayi has made trips to several localities in northern Benin this week.

Habib Touré Dramane, deputy on the Democratic list in the eighth district, sees this as an asset for his party’s campaign, able to “galvanize” voters.

The Republican Bloc has been behind the government for seven years. UP [the Progressive Union party, editor’s note] has now become UPR [Progressive Union Renewal] and has stayed with the government.

Article 44 of the legislation stipulates: “The number of deputies in the National Assembly is 109, including 24 seats reserved exclusively for women.

The director of electoral body, Cena gave an update on preparations to the press in a huge room where all the election materials are stored. He said The entire perimeter is secured by armed soldiers.

The last legislative elections in 2019 were marked by violence and the absence of the opposition.


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