By Abba Gwale
Niger electoral commission has confirmed that there will be second round of the country’s Presidential election held last week Sunday, 27 December, 2020.
The president of the electoral board, Barrister Isiaka Sunna, said the decision was taken because none of the candidates get the 50% of the votes cast, which is the requirement to be the winner of the polls.
According to the election schedule, the second round of the election will come on 21 February 2021.
The current result showed that Muhammed Bazoum of the ruling party, PNDS, got the 39.33% of the votes, his cumulative votes reached 1,879,000, while Mahamane Ousmane of RDR who has 16.99% of the votes cast out of 100%, had 811,838.
That means the second round will be contested between two candidates who had the highest votes in the first round of the election.
The two candidates are expected to start campaign from 29 January to 19 February 2020.