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Chad to hold Presidential election in May/June 2024, transitioning from military rule

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Chad’s election agency has announced dates for the upcoming presidential election, signalling a significant step towards restoring democracy after the military seized power in 2021.

The election, comprising two rounds, is scheduled to begin on May 6, with provisional results anticipated by July 7, according to the agency’s statement.

Originally proposed to take place within 18 months of the military takeover, the transition period was extended to October 10, 2024. The election agency underscored the urgency of conducting the elections before this deadline to prevent a legal vacuum, emphasising the country’s commitment to democratic governance.

The first round of the presidential poll is slated for May 6, followed by the second round on June 22. The election agency also revealed that the lists of candidates approved by the Constitutional Council would be made public on March 24, marking a critical milestone in the electoral process.

In December, Chadians voted in favour of a new constitution, raising concerns among critics about the potential consolidation of power by junta leader Mahamat Idriss Deby. 

Despite not formally announcing his candidacy, Deby has wielded significant influence since assuming power following the demise of his father, President Idriss Deby, in a confrontation with insurgents.

Chad’s military government is part of a trend of juntas governing in West and Central Africa, fueling fears of democratic backsliding in the region. Since 2020, the area has experienced eight coups, highlighting the fragility of democratic institutions and the pressing need for stable governance.

Source: Africanews

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