12 September 2012

Togo: Political Parties Hold Forum Ahead of Elections

Photo: Joel Gbagba/IRIN
Opposition supporters in Lome. (file photo)

Five Togolese opposition parties on Monday engaged in a political dialogue to discuss the organization of the legislative elections before the end of 2012.

The meeting which was attended by Union of Forces for Change (UFC), Patriotic Pan-African Convergence(CPP), Party of Democrats for Renewal( PDR )and the Alliance as well as two civil society groups, discussed issues relating to the preparations for the elections.

According to Togo's Territorial Administration Minister Gilbert Bawara "the forthcoming elections should be held in a peaceful and consensual environment" and that all parties taking part should be able to freely express their views to ensure that the process meets international democratic standards."

Discussions at the forum centred on constitutional requirements for the elections, fairness, transparency, decent language and peaceful conduct from all political parties

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