Inter-Togo dialogue facilitator recommends "one round" mode of election

17:03, December 28, 2009      

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The facilitator in the inter-Togo dialogue, Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore, recommends the "one round" mode of election scheduled for Feb. 28, 2010, the pattern which is being challenged by the Togolese opposition, according to the Savoir news agency.

The opposition and the ruling party are out with guns blazing over the mode to be used during the election.

The United Forces for Change (UFC) and the Action Committee for Renewal (CAR), the two main opposition parties, have been calling for a two-round mode of election, while the ruling Assembly of Togolese People (RPT) has been insisting on a one-round vote.

Compaore made the recommendation after talks of more than four hours on Sunday at the Kosyam de Ouaga 2000 presidential palace between the representatives of UFC led by Gilchrist Olympio, CAR led by Me Dodji Apevon and the RPT. The representatives of the Togolese government also participated in the discussions.

"President Compaore in his wisdom has recommended that the election be held in a peaceful environment and that we hold it within the constitutional provisions," spokesman Pascal Bodjona declared to the press.

The proposal by the facilitator was not well received by the representatives of UFC and CAR.

"We think that the talks are in the process of coming to an end but unfortunately, without consensus as we had wished," Apevon said.

Jean Pierre Fabre, the UFC secretary general, confirmed that his party will use all "legal means" in order to be "heard."

According to a source close to the talks, the political actors will be meeting again with the facilitator by mid-January in order to discuss practical issues about the organization of this election.

Source: Xinhua
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