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Togo declares parliamentary and regional elections for early 2024.

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Voters examine an electoral list outside a polling booth in the Be neighborhood of Lomé, Togo, on December 20, 2018, during parliamentary elections voting. © Matteo Fraschini Koffi/AFP

The government of Togo announced Monday that the country’s next legislative and regional elections will be held “no later than the end of the first quarter of 2024.”

The suggested schedule puts back President Faure Gnassingbe’s December vow to hold elections within 12 months.

The opposition boycotted the last parliamentary and regional elections in 2018, citing “irregularities” in the census.

This time, the opposition intends to challenge the ruling Union for the Republic (UNIR) party and is advocating for a rise in registration.

The opposition in Togo rejected an electoral register approved by an international organization on Tuesday, saying it still suspected fraud in the impending election.

“This is another ploy to reinforce electoral fraud with OIF certification,” said Eric Dupuy, a spokesman for the opposition National Alliance for Change (ANC).

Togo’s president has been in power since 2005, following the death of his father, General Eyadema Gnassingbe, who ruled the country for 38 years.

Faure Gnassingbe has won every election since taking office, however the opposition has challenged those results.

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