In Benin, the Electoral Commission published in the early hours of Thursday, May 21, the provisional results of the municipal elections of May 17. The Progressive Union and the Republican Bloc, the two parties of the head of state, Patrice Talon, won 77% of the 1,815 seats at stake, or 1,555 seats. With a national participation rate of 49.14%, according to a press release from the Céna.
Among the 49.14% participation rate at the national level, the Céna did not communicate the detail commune by commune. The turnout was a highly anticipated figure, due to the boycott call from the main opposition parties and the context related to Covid-19. On May 19, the opposition, which did not participate in the vote, made its own compilation and instead estimated the overall turnout at 25%.
The electoral platform of civil society, had noted May 17, strong disparities in the country. She said she observed in the crowded region, while evoking at the same time a weak mobilization in Cotonou and Abomey-Calavi.
Of the 1,815 seats at stake, the two parties of Patrice Talon won 1,555 seats. The Cowrie Force for New Benin, FCBE, the ex-party of Thomas Boni Yayi, won only 260 seats, or around 15% of the vote.
Future negotiations with the three parties in mind
Now, these are the three parties that control the municipalities of Benin and it is with them that the candidates for the presidential election of 2021 will have to negotiate sponsorships to validate their dossier.
At the end of these communals, the Party for Democratic Renewal, PRD by Adrien Houngbedji suffered its biggest setback since 1991. Zero adviser for the rainbow party with only 5% of the votes. In response to the taunts, his communications delegate noted that ” the rainbow fades, but never disappears ”
With our correspondent in Cotonou,