Hopes high for "peaceful" elections in Niger

A family in Diffa, Niger, after fleeing violence in northern Nigeria. Photo: OCHA/Franck Kuwonu

Hopes are high for a peaceful vote next month in Niger, thanks to a strong tradition of holding "non-violent, credible" elections.

That's the assessment of Mohamed Ibn Chambas, head of the UN Office for West Africa (ONUWA).

He added that some concerns surrounding the electoral register have been resolved, thanks in part to the community of French-speaking nations, La Francophonie.

Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou is seeking a second consecutive term.

His challengers include the former Speaker of the National Assembly, Hama Amadou, currently in jail for baby-trafficking charges.

Tsigue Shiferaw asked Mr Ibn Chambas about the upcoming vote and his recent visit to the country.

Duration: 2'34"

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