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Togolese opposition denounces vote irregularities

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<p>Togolese main opposition candidate Agbéyomé Kodjo has denounced electoral irregularities on the evening of the first round of presidential elections.</p> <p>The former Prime Minister under Ngnassigbé Eyadema, whose house, according to <span class="caps">AFP</span>, was briefly surrounded by security forces, made the claim at a press conference.</p> <p>“I think that if the <span class="caps">CENI</span> (Independent National Electoral Commission) rectifies the irregularities we denounce, there is no reason why we should not pass the first round”, Kodjo said. </p> <p>Along with the Opposition candidate Jean-Pierre Fabre of the National Alliance for Change, Kodjo said he was optimistic.</p> <p>“Somehow, the current president himself and his government are aware that they have been defeated. I am convinced that in the coming weeks I will be running this country”, he added.</p> <p>Nevertheless, the vote was conducted in a peaceful atmosphere, but internet access was sporadically interrupted in the capital. </p> <p>In Sokodé, the second largest city and in the north, the internet was cut off at around 6 p.m. according to <span class="caps">AFP</span>.</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">AFP</span></strong></p>

Somehow, the current president himself and his government are aware that they have been defeated.

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