Chad election runner-up Succes Masra files bid to annul presidential poll result

Succès Masra, who came second in Chad's presidential election, announced Sunday he had lodged a request with the Constitutional Council to have the vote annulled.

Masra was acting after dozens of activists from his party were arrested and accused of having forged documents to get illegal access to vote counts.

"With the help of our lawyers, we have today filed a request with the Constitutional Council to reveal the truth at the ballot boxes," said Masra in a Facebook post.

"Our request is for the annulment, pure and simple, of this electoral farce," Sitack Yombatina, vice president of Masra's Transformers Party, told AFP.

"All the evidence is in the USB keys," attached to the request lodged with the Constitutional Council, he added.

They included video footage of voting boxes being stuffed, thefts, threats, "but most of all ballot boxes that were taken away by the soldiers to be counted elsewhere", said Yombatina.

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Elections officials on Thursday declared junta leader General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno the winner with 61.03 percent of the vote against Masra's 18.53 percent.

Masra had already claimed victory and warned that Deby's team would try to rig the result.

(AFP)


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