Decentralization: Togo could hold regional elections in 2021

Tuesday, 15 December 2020 12:19
Decentralization: Togo could hold regional elections in 2021

(Togo First) - Togo is preparing for its very first regional elections which could take place next year. Talks in this framework are going on between the government - the ministry of territorial administration - and the various national political groups. 

If effectively held, the regional polls would follow local elections held a year ago. This would mark another step forward in the country’s decentralization process. 

Regional advisers elected in the projected polls will compose various regional bodies, notably the regional council and its executive committee. 

As a reminder, Togo’s five major territorial subdivisions have, since 2019, become territorial authorities, just like municipalities, and are now defined as "legal entities under public law with financial autonomy," by the law on decentralization and local liberties.

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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