Niger Elections 2016

niger_electionNeighboring sister to Nigeria and former pre-colonial allied nation Niger is going through its second democratic transition with the election of her president and parliamentary members.

Niger, officially the Republic of Niger, is a landlocked country and following a military coup in 2010, it became a democratic and multi-party state in 2011. A majority live in rural areas, and have little access to advanced education.

As sister country to Nigeria, Niger unfortunately has not experienced the same economic stability, and stands at number 129 on the global rankings. But, like Nigeria, it has to deal with the debilitating insurgency of Boko Haram in light of other issues.

However, this election might help in changing the tide, the highlights of yesterday’s just concluded elections included an extended voting period, and Niger’s capital, and easily most bustling city of Niamey, packed full of enthused voters waiting in line for change.

Incumbent Mahamadou Issoufou – Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism won this year’s election with 1,217,527 votes. His opponent Seyni Oumarou – National Movement for the Development of Society came a not too distant second with 784,618 votes.

The US Department of the State congratulated Niger for participating in a peaceful transition and overall peaceful voting process.

Read the statement on the official government website below:

The United States congratulates the people of Niger for overcoming logistical challenges and participating peacefully in presidential and legislative elections that began this past weekend. A peaceful post-election period is crucial to maintaining confidence in the credibility of the electoral process and in the results. The United States remains committed to supporting the people of Niger in their pursuit of democracy, security, and economic growth and development.