Search

 

Cablegate: Niger: Ruling Party Gains Majority in National Assembly

VZCZCXRO0418
RR RUEHMA RUEHPA
DE RUEHNM #0834 2991714
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 261714Z OCT 09
FM AMEMBASSY NIAMEY
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 5403
INFO RUEHDS/AMEMBASSY ADDIS ABABA 1683
RUEHZK/ECOWAS COLLECTIVE
RHMFISS/HQ USAFRICOM STUTTGART GE
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHINGTON DC
RHEFDIA/DIA WASHINGTON DC
RUEHLMC/MCC WASHDC

UNCLAS NIAMEY 000834

DEPT FOR AF/W AND AF/RSA; PLS PASS TO USAID FOR AFR/W
ACCRA ALSO FOR USAID/WA
ADDIS ABABA FOR USAU - J MAYBURY
PARIS FOR AFRICA WATCHER

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV KDEM SOCI PHUM NG
SUBJECT: Niger: Ruling Party Gains Majority in National Assembly
Elections

Ref: Niamey 00830

1. On October 24, the President of the Independent National
Electoral Commission (CENI), Moumouni Hamidou, announced the final
results from the October 20 National Assembly elections. The ruling
party, the National Movement for a Society of Development (MNSD),
won 76 out of the 113 parliamentary seats. Hamidou added that 51.27
per cent of the 6 million registered voters participated in the
elections. The Constitutional Court has 15 days to review and
validate the results.

2. Five parties aligned with MNSD won 25 seats, while 11 seats went
to independent candidates. The Party Nigerien pour l'Autogestion
(PNA), one of three opposition parties participating in the
election, won one seat. This majority in parliament gives President
Tandja and the MNSD resounding control of the legislature.

3. While the MNSD expressed satisfaction with the landslide win,
smaller parties and independent candidates complained about election
irregularities. The Social Democratic Rally (RSD) lodged a
complaint with the Constitutional Court to seek redress regarding
contested seats it claimed to have won in various constituencies,
especially in Maradi. Opposition parties under the Coordination of
Forces for Democracy and the Republic (CFDR), boycotted the
election,claimed a poor voter turnout and downplayed the results.
The opposition labeled the elections a "shameful" non-event, and
alleged a gross inflation of election figures.

4. Observers to the parliamentary election, included:

-- Mission d'Observation Electorale de la Diaspora Africaine;

-- Coordination de la Mission Electorale de la Societe Civile
Africaine (COMOES-CA);

-- Plan International pour la Democratie et la Paix en Afrique
(PIDPA);

-- Coordination des Observateurs Internationaux Africains; and

-- Observatoire Independant d'Ethique et d'Education Electorale pour
la Paix et le Developpement (OIEEPD-Ingantchi) - Niger.

5. On October 22, COMOES-CA said the elections were "free,
transparent, credible, and democratic." PIDPA welcomed the
administration of the election, while the Coordination des
Observateurs Internationaux Africains praised the "regularity and
transparence of the vote."

6. Comment: Although there was no doubt the MNSD would win most
National Assembly seats, due to a widespread opposition boycott, the
CENI-claimed turnout of over 52 percent seems artificially high. To
the Embassy's knowledge, none of the observer groups have monitored
any prior election in Niger. Reportedly, the GON invited some
groups to monitor the polls. End comment.

ALLEN

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Tigray: Eritrean Refugees ‘scared And Struggling To Eat’ Amid Aid Obstacles
For the first time in weeks, aid teams have reached refugee camps in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, only to find that some Eritrean nationals living there have likely died of preventable diseases, while others are “scared and struggling to get enough to eat”, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, said on Friday...
More>>

UN News: Rare Coral Reef Discovered Near Tahiti Is ‘Like A Work Of Art’, Says Diver
One of the largest coral reefs in the world has been discovered by a UN-supported scientific mission off the coast of Tahiti. Announcing the stunning find on Thursday, UNESCO said that divers had explored large rose-shaped corals spanning some three kilometres, at depths of between 30 and 65 metres... More>>


Tonga Eruption: At Least 3 Dead, Amid Severe Destruction
At least three people have died in Tonga following the massive volcanic eruption and subsequent tsunami wave that hit over the weekend. Homes and other buildings across the archipelago have suffered major damage... More>>

Ethiopia: UN Chief Lauds ‘Demonstrable Effort To Make Peace’

The UN Secretary-General on Wednesday said he was “delighted” to learn that “a demonstrable effort to make peace” in Ethiopia is finally underway, according to information relayed to him by the African Union High Representative for the Horn of Africa... More>>


Tigray: Agencies Suspend Aid As ‘Scores’ Are Killed Due To Airstrikes
Recent airstrikes on camps for internally displaced persons and refugees in Tigray, northern Ethiopia, have reportedly killed scores of civilians, including children, and left many more injured... More>>


UN News: For 25th Year In A Row, Greenland Ice Sheet Shrinks

2021 marked the 25th year in a row in which the key Greenland ice sheet lost more mass during the melting season, than it gained during the winter, according to a new UN-endorsed report issued on Friday... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC