By our Special Envoy in Niamey, Issouf Kagamaté
The provisional results of the second round of the presidential election in Niger are starting to fall. The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) has just given the figures of 210 municipalities out of the 266 in the country.
The candidate of the Nigerian Party for Democracy and Socialism (Pnds Tarayya), Mohamed Bazoum, leads with 2,020,590 votes (or 57.78% of the 3,496,847 valid votes cast). For his part, Mahamane Ousmane of the Republican Democratic Renewal (Rdr Tchanji) obtained 1,476,257 votes, or 42.21% of the votes. If all does not seem to be playing out, the designated runner-up from Mahamadou is getting closer to victory.
In the region of Agadez, Mohamed Bazoum won the ballot in all the municipalities of the region with 134,348 votes, except Dannet where Mahamane Ousmane made the difference. The Rdr candidate is doing in the region with 3,911 votes. In Diffa region, results from Ngourti commune are not yet available. But concerning Diffa commune, Rrd Tchanji took off in front of Pnds Tarayya with a score of 10,885 against 5,430 for the presidential movement. On the other hand, still in the same region, the communes of Goudoumaria, Bosso, Kablewa and Maine Soroa are in pink.
In the region of Tahoua (native region of President Mahamadou), on the results of the 41/44 municipalities reached the CENI, Mohamed Bazoum cast a wide net with 851,871 votes against 124,885 for his challenger. In Zinder, the two candidates are almost neck and neck. Pending the results of 34 other municipalities out of the 55 in the region, the candidate Bazoum comes slightly ahead with 141,380 votes against 137,724 votes for his rival.
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