Togo reaches significant milestone towards regional elections

Monday, 24 January 2022 12:54
Togo reaches significant milestone towards regional elections

(Togo First) - Togolese ministers adopted last Thursday, Jan 20, a new draft decree relative to the creation of administrative subdivisions across the country.

"This draft law aims to create in the territorial communities "regions" managed by elected regional councilors who will, in turn, appoint regional executives who will play an important role in local development," reads the communiqué sanctioning the Council of Ministers held that day. 

For the authorities, this is an important step toward regional elections. "The creation of these regional territorial authorities is crucial in the preparation of the upcoming regional elections," the communiqué notes.

In effect, the bill will turn Togo’s five regions into "territorial communities", just like its municipalities which are defined as "legal persons of public law with financial autonomy." The move falls under recent efforts to accelerate decentralization and strengthen local freedoms.

Besides the draft decree, the ministers, during the same council, adopted a new charter for political parties, after consultations between political actors, aimed at adapting this framework "to current realities."

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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