<p>Togo’s Constitutional Court on Monday affirmed the outcome of the February 22 presidential vote that saw incumbent Faure Gnassingbe secure re-election, his fourth consecutive victory.</p> <p>Reacting on social media after the declaration, the 57-year-old president said the court had affirmed what was a clean, fair and transparent process. He reiterated calls on opponents to join in nation building efforts.</p> <p>“The proclamation of the final results of the presidential election today by the constitutional court marks the culmination of a democratic, free, inclusive and transparent electoral process. </p> <p>“Beyond the expression of my gratitude for the renewed confidence, I would like to tell you my admiration for the political and democratic maturity which you have massively shown,” his post read in part. </p> <p>Two days after the vote, the elections body, <span class="caps">CENI</span>, <a href="https://www.africanews.com/2020/02/24/gnassingbe-re-elected-with-72-percent-of-votes-ec/">declared Faure winner with 72% of valid votes cast</a>. The declaration came amidst an opposition victory claim with other aspirants congratulating a former Prime Minister for “unseating” the president.</p> <p>“Based on all the data obtained from the local independent electoral commission and the independent embassy electoral commissions, the candidate of the Union for the Republic (<span class="caps">UNIR</span>) party, Mr. Gnassingbé Essozimna Faure is provisionally proclaimed elected president of the Togolese Republic”, Kodjona Kandaga, President of the National Electoral Commission said at the time.</p> <p>The <span class="caps">CENI</span> said ex-Prime Minister, Agbeyome Kodjo, came in second with just 18 percent of votes on Saturday. Kodjo who claimed victory hours after polls closed denounced vote irregularities in the capital, Lome.</p> <p>The court declaration is the final leg of the poll process. A victory for the 53-year-old was widely expected. It extends the dynasty of the Gnassingbé family over the former French colony.</p> <p>Faure has led the country of 8 million people since he took over in 2005. He rose to power following the death of his father, Gnassingbé Eyadema, who ruled the West African nation for 38 years.</p>
Beyond the expression of my gratitude for the renewed confidence, I would like to tell you my admiration for the political and democratic maturity which you have massively shown.