The Togolese parliament voted on Tuesday to offer the Togolese diaspora the right to vote in the presidential elections of 2020. Condition to access, to bring his passport, his consular card in one of the 21 embassies of Togo for s’ register. This is a first in this West African country, which is just months out of a political crisis that has often turned fist between opposition demonstrators and the public force.
During these months of turmoil, the vote of Togolese abroad was, in fact, one of the key requirements of the opposition platform gathered in the C14 coalition which demanded on the whole a radical and retroactive change of the Constitution. If certain points were satisfied, stumbling blocks persisted, notably the non-retroactivity of the limitation of mandates. In fact, President Faure Gnassingbé, in power since 2005, will have the opportunity to run for two new terms, until 2030.
Part of the Togolese opposition, however, remains dubious about the real impact of the new measure on the emergence of a real democracy in the country. She believes that the voting conditions of the diaspora are relaxed and that the next elections are more free and transparent. « Diaspora voting is only for one thing in free and transparent democratic elections, » said Jean Kissi, secretary general of the opposition Car, which spoke at the DW microphone.