Togolese presidential election, 1998

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Presidential elections were held in Togo on 21 June 1998. Incumbent President Gnassingbé Eyadéma, in power since 1967, was re-elected with 52.1% of the vote according to official results. The opposition disputed this and claimed that Gilchrist Olympio of the Union of the Forces of Change (UFC) had won.


Léopold Gnininvi of the Democratic Convention of African Peoples (CPDA) was the first declared candidate in the election, followed by Eyadéma, the candidate of the Rally of the Togolese People (RPT), and Yawovi Agboyibo of the Action Committee for Renewal (CAR).[1]


The Constitutional Court declared the final results on 10 July 1998. Eyadéma was sworn in on 24 July at a ceremony in the National Assembly, which was boycotted by the opposition.[1]

Candidate Party Votes %
Gnassingbé Eyadéma Rally for the Togolese People 811,837 52.1
Gilchrist Olympio Union of Forces for Change 532,771 34.2
Yawovi Agboyibo Action Committee for Renewal 149,006 9.5
Zarifou Ayéva Party for Democracy and Renewal 47,078 3.0
Léopold Gnininvi Democratic Convention of African Peoples 12,715 0.8
Jacques Amouzou Union of Independent Liberals 5,461 0.4
Invalid/blank votes 28,159
Total 1,587,027 100
Registered voters/turnout 2,273,190 69.8
Source: African Elections Database


  1. ^ a b "DÉMOCRATISATION À LA TOGOLAISE" ("CHRONOLOGIE"), Tètè Tété, 1998 ( (in French).