Voters in Benin, Cape Verde, Congo, Niger, Senegal and Zanzibar go to polls
Elections have taken place in five African countries, while Senegal held a referendum on reducing presidential terms.
A presidential run-off went ahead in Niger even though the opposition candidate was in a French hospital.
Congo-Brazzaville has cut all telecommunications for two days to prevent “illegal publication of results” of its presidential election.
Elections were also held in Benin, Cape Verde and Zanzibar.
Riot police used tear gas to disperse dozens of opposition supporters who alleged vote irregularity after voting ended in the capital.
Opposition groups are reported to have been denied access to the counting of ballots.
Before voting day, Congolese Interior Minister Raymond Mboulou had ordered telephone operators to cut all communications – telephone, text messages and the internet.
The opposition in Niger called for a boycott of the election, alleging fraud, and the BBC’s Ishaq Khalid said he had not seen many voters in the capital, Niamey.
Security was tight in Zanzibar after violent protests over recent elections.
The BBC’s Tulanana Bohela reported that there were not many voters in the polling stations she visited.
The new constitution that was voted on in Senegal would cut presidential mandates from seven to five years and would not allow a president to run for more than two consecutive terms in office.
The BBC’s Maud Jullien in Dakar says it is an unusual move on a continent where many leaders are trying to extend their time in office as much as possible.
Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou, a former investment banker, faced Patrice Talon, the “king of cotton” in a presidential run-off.
President Thomas Boni Yayi is standing down after serving two terms in office.
The African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde (PAICV) and the Movement for Democracy (MFD) have dominated politics since independence from Portugal in 1975.
President Jorge Carlos Fonseca is from the MFD, while Prime Minister Jose Maria Neves is from PAICV.
super sunday eh?
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i do find it strange that so many sovereign nations decide to have elections on the same day..
“Congo-Brazzaville has cut all telecommunications for two days to prevent “illegal publication of results” of its presidential election.”
i see..not to prevent opposition advertising or promotion?? 😉