Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Niger: seven electoral agents killed in a mine explosion


In Niger, the counting of the ballots is underway after the vote on Sunday, February 21. However, the ballot was mourned by the death of seven electoral agents after their car hit a mine in the Tillabéri region.

The second round of the presidential election will have to decide who from the favorite Mohamed Bazoum or the opponent Mahamane Ousmane will take over from Mahamadou Issoufou. The ballots began to be counted in the evening, but the results will not be known for several days.

In the morning, seven local members of the Independent National Electoral Commission (Céni) were killed in the explosion of their vehicle which ran over a mine that had just been laid in the region of Tillabéri (west) near Mali, the governor of this region, Tidjani Ibrahim Katiella, told AFP, specifying that the explosion also caused “three wounded”. The drama occurred at Waraou, a locality located in the town of Prospective in the region of Tillabéri, about a hundred km from Niamey, a zone known as _ “of the three borders” _ between the Niger, the Mali and the Burkina Faso.

An attack condemned by the Minister of the Interior Alkache alhada. _We thought it was a commitment for all Nigeriens regardless of their side, and that it would also be an example for other African countries. But it is at this moment that men, without faith or law, choose to sow desolation at a historic moment in our evolution. “_

Some 7.4 million Nigeriens, out of a population of 22 million mostly too young to vote, were called upon to vote in the second round after the first of December 27. This presidential election would be the first peaceful transition in this country marked by coups d’état since its independence in 1960.

The outcome of the election will not be known for several days. Between the two rounds, the opposition had said it would not recognize the results if it deemed them tainted with fraud.



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