A Togo opposition leader Agbéyomé Kodjo has alleged that authorities of setting up fake polling stations in Saturday’s Presidential election to twist the result in favour of the incumbent.
Kodjo made the allegation against President Faure Gnassingbé who has been in power since 2005 when he took over from his father.
Provisional results indicate that Gnassingbé, has won a fourth term.
Early on Monday, the electoral commission said that Gnassingbé had received 72% of the vote, compared with about 18% for Kodjo.
Kodjo, former Prime Minister and head of the national assembly, also accused the authorities of ballot stuffing and getting people to cast multiple votes in Gnassingbé’s favour.
Troops surrounded Kodjo’s home for around three hours after voting finished on Saturday.
Togo’s Security Minister, Yark Dameham said Kodjo’s house had been surrounded as a precaution. But Kodjo said he was given no explanation and believed this was not for his protection but instead to allow time to rig the vote.