President Idriss Deby Itno runs again for the presidency in April. So he could stand again, he engineered the removal of term limits from the country's new constitution in Jun 2005. Five candidates have come forward to oppose him. The force of an opposition threat of boycotts depends on whether a coup-installed leader would care about questions of legitimacy. The vote was postponed from Apr 3 to Apr 24.
His rivals have asked for new voters' cards; the publication of fraud-proof digitalised voting papers; the respect by the government, territorial administrators and the army of measures to avoid abuse of power and of symbols of the state; an steps to secure the safe passage of voting materials. Political violence and rebel activity in the capital, Ndjamena, and elsewhere threaten the polling. Since Deby seized power in a 1990 coup, according to AFP, the results of Chad's elections have been consistently disputed by opposition parties and civil organizations. The opposition CPDC coalition accuses the president of failing to meet democratic pledges, and his government of monopolization of the state media, the electoral process and the means and assets of the state for electioneering. Following the 1990 coup, the government drafted a constitution but held flawed presidential elections in 1996 and 2001. After Deby held a referendum successfully removing constitutional term limits, he won another controversial election in 2006. (UPDATED Mar 2011)
Date written/update: 2011-04-24