Today citizens of Togo will vote for the 2020 presidential. Faure Gnassingbe, the current president, is considered the most likely to win the elections despite popular dissent over rising inflation.
The election follows a constitutional reform which limits the president to remain in office for a maximum of two five-year terms.
About 3.6 million people registered to vote. At 16:00 the polling stations will be closed with the provisional results expected in 6 days.
The Gnassingbe family has now ruled the country for over 50 years. The majority of political analysts predict a victory by the Faure Gnassingbe. Despite the fact that the population has long shown signs of impatience with the ruling dynasty, the Gnassingbe family managed to remain in power for the past decades.
The 2020 elections come at a time of widespread popular dissent due to the rise in prices for basic necessities.
To oppose the incumbent president, the opposition groups have decided not to support a single candidate, hoping that no candidate will reach an absolute majority in the first round and the vote will go to a second round. However, the opposition to Gnassingbe is divided and historically weak.