2003 Togolese presidential election

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2003 Togolese presidential election
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  1998 1 June 2003 (2003-06-01) 2005  
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Nominee Gnassingbé Eyadéma Emmanuel Bob-Akitani
Party RPT UFC
Popular vote1,345,159784,102
Percentage57.79%33.69%

President before election

Gnassingbé Eyadéma
RPT

Elected President

Gnassingbé Eyadéma
RPT

Presidential elections were held in Togo on 1 June 2003. The result was a victory for incumbent President Gnassingbé Eyadéma, who won 57.8% of the vote. [1] The opposition Union of Forces for Change released their own results figures, claiming that Emmanuel Bob-Akitani had received 71% of the vote and Eyadéma just 10%. [2]

Results

Gnininvi withdrew his candidacy in May but remained on the ballot paper.

CandidatePartyVotes%
Gnassingbé Eyadéma Rally of the Togolese People 1,345,15957.79
Emmanuel Bob-Akitani Union of Forces for Change 784,10233.69
Yawovi Agboyibo Action Committee for Renewal 119,3725.13
Dahuku Péré Socialist Pact for Renewal 51,3042.20
Edem Kodjo Pan-African Patriotic Convergence 22,4820.97
Nicolas Lawson Independent4,8470.21
Léopold Gnininvi Democratic Convention of African Peoples 4090.02
Total2,327,675100.00
Registered voters/turnout3,223,353
Source: Psephos

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