Benin runoff

I have fallen behind in my elections of March reporting!

Benin’s presidential election, the first round of which I noted, both in setting the stage and in the result, has now been completed.

The runoff (result via Adam Carr) was not much of a contest:

    Boni Yayi, 74.5%
    Adrien Houngbédji (Social Democratic Party), 25.5%

Remarkable: Yayi more than doubled his first-round share, while Houngbédji’s vote share was essentially unchanged between the two rounds. It is very rare for one candidate in a runoff to receive virtually all the support of the first-round losers.

More from the BBC, which notes, without elaboration, that outgoing President Mathieu Kerekou “ignored a constitutional court ruling to postpone the run-off for three days.” Also at The Head Heeb.

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