Three candidates withdraw from Benin’s presidential poll

Three out of the 36 presidential candidates have withdrawn from this month's presidential elections in Benin, a source from the National Autonomous Electoral Commission said Monday.


The three include former Justice Minister Victor Topanou, the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Eric Houndote and the head of Dynamic for Change for a Strong Benin party, Madam Celestine Zanou.


Although all the three candidates had different reasons, they all mentioned the issue of campaign funding as the major reason for the suspension of their campaigns.

“The Feb. 28, 2016 presidential election is characterized by financial competition and not competition of ideas,” they affirmed.

For the sixth time, Benin will this year hold presidential elections since the restoration of democracy in February 1990.

Over 4.7 million voters will be expected to cast their votes on Feb. 28 for the first round of presidential elections to choose the successor of outgoing President Boni Yayi whose constitutional term ends on April 6, 2016. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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