by Aly Jonas

In Chad Idriss Deby in pole position, but protests intensify

Au Tchad Idriss Deby en pole position, mais les contestations s'intensifient

In a tense electoral climate in Chad, Mahamat Idriss Deby takes the lead in the provisional results, sparking both celebrations among his supporters and protests from his opponents. Despite an apparent advance, questions about the transparency of the electoral process persist.

Mahamat Idriss Deby emerges as the undisputed favorite in Chad's elections, according to provisional results announced by the National Election Management Authority (ANGE). With 61% of the votes and a participation of more than 75%, Deby is clearly ahead of his competitors, notably Succès Masra, which ranks second with 18.53% of the votes. Deby's campaign, led by Mahamat Zène Bada, had predicted a victory with 65% of the votes, but ultimately, the ANGE formalized its victory with 61% of the votes.

This predictable victory for Deby's supporters can be explained by a solid coalition bringing together more than 200 organizations, notably the former ruling party MPS, which provided massive territorial and social support. In reaction, Deby's supporters also took the opportunity to criticize Succès Masra, calling them the "president of social networks", and the Transformers, describing them as more "populist than popular".

However, for opponent Succès Masra, this victory is contested. He invokes the “truth of the ballot boxes” compiled on a platform powered by “citizen observers”, asserting that this confirms the victory of hope over the past from the first round. He denounces an “inversion of things and figures”, calling into question the rapid compilation of results by the ANGE.

Experts also express doubts about the speed with which the overall results were announced, stressing that this raises "suspicions". L'ANGE published the results just three days after the vote, which contrasts with the usual delays of more than a week for a presidential election in Chad. Some question whether the electoral agency may have collected and processed more than 26,000 reports in just two days, fueling fears of fraud.

Tension rises as Succès Masra attempts to contest the results by proclaiming himself the winner, calling on the population to demonstrate to defend his choice. In response, the government deployed a large military presence in Ndjamena and throughout the country, signaling a possible political standoff to come.

Finally, critics of the electoral process, notably those who boycotted the election, see in these results confirmation of their concerns regarding a biased process from the start, since the transitional president appointed all the members of the ANGE and the Constitutional Council. Thus, Chad is once again entering a period of political uncertainty, according to these informed observers.