Claude Djankaki Photo: Matin Libre

During the political dialogue that ends on Saturday, 12 October 2019, some political parties proposed to the Head of State to combine the municipal and legislative elections in 2020. Others strongly suggest a general election in 2021. Which is not to Claude Djankaki’s taste as he puts forward arguments.

While those who proposed the coupling of elections put forward their proposals on drastically reducing the cost of organizing these consultations, others, on the other hand, see behind this trail the impetus for fraud in a suspicious and illiterate political environment. Claude Djankaki, a former member of the National Autonomous Electoral Commission, believes that it will be difficult to adopt such a reform without causing damage to voters. To be more precise, he refers to the case of the number of ballot boxes in the polling stations. In trying to align the elections, he will say “we confuse the weak minds who do not understand that the electoral district to elect the local councillor is the village or town district ( nearly 5500), the electoral district to elect the communal councillor is the district (546 at the national level) to elect 77 mayors, the electoral district to elect deputies is divided into 24 electoral districts”.

Worse, he fears, when the presidential election is added, it will be more difficult. The electoral district considered at this level is the entire territory. This will mean that so many ballot boxes are required in a single polling station, marked as such, so that each voter can choose, according to the constituencies, the candidate who suits him or her. More explicitly, to proceed as suggested, at least four ballot boxes are required for the same day. Most voters will have a chance to get confused in front of the polls, he said. For Claude Djankaki, you don’t want to solve one problem to create others. As the context is that of the post-electoral crisis, he proposes that the reflections should be well thought out to avoid frustrations at the end. Because, he justifies, “Benin can well couple elections as in other countries. But this can only be achieved in a context of peace and national cohesion.

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