- Election Watch
According to preliminary results of the March 6 first-round presidential election, incumbent Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou of the ruling Cauri Forces for an Emerging Benin led with 28 percent of the vote. His closest opponent, businessman Patrice Talon, running as an independent, received 25 percent. As of this writing, the date for the runoff had not yet been announced.
Parliamentary elections were scheduled for March 20; results will be reported in a future issue.
Central African Republic:
In the February 14 presidential runoff, former prime minister Faustin-Archange Touadera, running as an independent, won 63 percent of the vote. He defeated Anicet-Georges Dologuélé, another former prime minister and the leader of the Union for Central African Renewal, who received 37 percent. Dologuélé was backed by former president François Bozizé, who was ousted by rebel groups in 2013. The runoff reversed the results of the first round, held on December 30, in which Dologuélé won 24 percent and Touadera won 19 percent. Dologuélé conceded defeat despite complaining of “massive fraud” in the runoff. The Constitutional Court is scheduled to rule March 11 on the results of the presidential vote. Parliamentary elections, which were postponed in December due to widespread irregularities, are scheduled to take place by the end of April; results will be reported in a future issue.
In the February 21 first-round presidential election, none of the 25 candidates succeeded in securing an absolute majority, setting up a runoff between the top three vote-getters; Minister of Finance Mohamed Ali Soilihi of the Union for the Development of the Comoros (18 percent); [End Page 177] Mouigni Baraka Saïd Soilihi of the Democratic Rally of the Comoros (15 percent); and former president Azali Assoumani of the Convention for the Renewal of the Comoros (15 percent). The runoff election is scheduled for April 10; results will be reported in a future issue.
Presidential elections were scheduled for March 20, following an October 2015 referendum to extend presidential term and age limits in the constitution. Results will be reported in a future issue.
The presidential runoff scheduled to take place in December 2015 was postponed after violent protests escalated in response to the announcement of the first-round results.
Elections for the 290-seat Islamic Consultative Assembly were held on February 26. Iran does not have official political parties, but observers reported that “reformists” and “moderates” supportive of President Hassan Rouhani did better than expected. There were 68 seats that remained undecided and that will be determined by a second round of elections in April. Results will be reported in a future issue.
In February 25 elections for the 63-seat House of Representatives, the opposition Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) won 50.1 percent and 33 seats, narrowly defeating the People’s National Party of outgoing prime minister Portia Simpson-Miller, which received 49.7 percent and 30 seats. The JLP’s Andrew Holness became prime minister.
In the February 1 first-round presidential election, none of the candidates succeeded in securing an absolute majority, setting up a runoff scheduled for March 20. Incumbent Mahamadou Issoufou of the Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS) won 49 percent, while jailed opposition leader and former prime minister Hama Amadou of the Nigerien Democratic Movement for an African Federation (Moden/FA) finished second with 18 percent. Seini Oumarou of former president Mamadou Tandja’s National Movement for a Developed Society (MNSD) received 11 percent; Mahamane Ousmane of the Nigerien Movement for Democratic Renewal (MNRD) won 6 percent; and other candidates split the remaining votes. In concurrent parliamentary elections for the 171-seat National Assembly, the PNDS won 75 seats; Moden/FA, 25; MNSD, 20; the newly formed Patriotic Movement for the Republic, 12; and the alliance of the MNRD and Nigerien Social Democratic Party (PSDN), 6; the remaining seats went to members of smaller parties. Results of the presidential runoff will be reported in a future issue.
In March 4 elections for the 49-seat Legislative Assembly, the ruling Human Rights Protection Party of Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele...