Togo: Elections

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 4th December 2018.

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Photo of Teresa Pearce Teresa Pearce Labour, Erith and Thamesmead

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the merits of the ECOWAS political roadmap for Togo; and what plans the Government has to help that country to carry out reforms to ensure a fair election free from violence.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK has supported the President of Ghana, under the auspices of ECOWAS, in his mediation efforts on political dialogue which we hope will lead to free and fair elections in Togo on 20 December. The mediation recommended that all parties refrain from protest in the country in the lead up to the elections. We encourage both the Government and the opposition parties to continue with their efforts to reach an agreed political solution and ensure elections are free and fair and avoid violence.

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