Today: Tuesday, 11 May 2021 year

Chad to go to polls to elect president

Chad to go to polls to elect president

Chad people is ready to vote for the new President on Sunday. The first of over 7.3 million registered voters have come to the electoral stations early in the morning.

The 7.3 million registered voters in the Central African country will choose between 10 candidates, according to the country’s independent electoral commission (CENI).

Chadians registered as voters to go to the polls on Sunday as President Idriss Deby Itno seeks a sixth consecutive term. Over the decades, Itno and his party have dominated Chadian politics since ascending to power in December 1990. In addition, a new constitution, promulgated in 2018, allowed Itno to run for two additional six-year terms back-to-back after the end of his tenure this year.

On Friday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all stakeholders to work towards a peaceful and credible electoral process in Chad. As the top world diplomat stressed, it is the right time for Chad to resolve any disputes that may arise from the electoral process through dialogue and legal channels.

Amid the pandemic, the poor African nation has been struggling with security challenges associated with conflicts in bordering countries, as well as the impacts of climate change, YeniSafak reported.