“With my departure from the leadership of our country at the end of my ten years, our young democracy has made a huge step that places it among the major democracies on the planet,” Yayi said.

Benin President Boni Yayi
Benin President Boni Yayi
He made the comments after casting his vote in the commercial capital, Cotonou.

Votes are being counted to determine the successor of Yayi, whose second term ends on April 6, 2016.
“After leaving power, I will live a normal civilian life. But we shall continue working together with my fellow citizens to fight our common enemy which is poverty,” Yayi said.

He urged the country’s electoral commission to ensure the presidential poll was credible.

“I appeal to the National Autonomous Electoral Commission to carry out this hard task independently and not to simply collude with some candidates who are used to immoral habits of distributing pre-marked ballot papers, or manipulating our people not to accept the will of the majority,” the outgoing president said.

Thirty-three candidates are contesting the presidency, including former Prime Minister, Makandjou Pascal Koupaki, and current Prime Minister, Lionel Zinsou, who is backed by Yayi. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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