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Benin’s president lauds polls despite ‘low turnout’

Benin’s President Patrice Talon lauded the conduct of Sunday’s elections saying his country had proven “expertise” in managing elections.

Mr Talon is widely expected to win the elections, which have been boycotted by the bulk of the opposition.

Turnout was low with several polling stations in the capital reporting low levels of participation, French public radio RFI has reported.

According to the chairman of Benin’s Autonomous National Electoral Commission (Cena) polling stations were largely able to open on time. This is despite reports that roads to northern and central Benin had been blocked by opposition supporters.

But according to RFI, voting could not take place in Savè, an opposition stronghold in central Benin, after youths blocked electoral workers from accessing polling centres.

Savè was the scene of violent clashes earlier in the week between opposition supporters and security forces, in which at least two people were killed.

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