On Wednesday, 03 March 2021, the Supreme Court of Chad published the final list of candidates for the presidential election scheduled for 11 April. Out of 17 candidates, 10 were selected. But in the end, only six candidates will compete, the others having decided to simply withdraw.
On Wednesday, the Chadian Supreme Court released the list of candidates who will face each other at the polls on 11 April for the presidential election. Seven candidates were rejected out of 10 applications. But competitors whose applications have been validated have decided not to participate purely and simply in the next competitions.This is the case of the main opponent and historical rival of President Déby, Saleh Kebzabo. He denounced an “obvious militarization of the political climate” after the attempted arrest of another declared candidate, Yaya Dillo Djerou. Five deaths, including the mother of the candidate, were deplored during this assault by the police and the army on his home in N’Djamena.
Saleh Kebzabo reiterated on Wednesday, in a letter to the Supreme Court, the withdrawal of his candidacy. He refuses to “do accompaniment to validate an electoral masquerade”. Similarly, Theophile Bongoro Bebzoune, a political neophyte, who had been nominated as the sole candidate of the coalition of opposition parties that has since cracked in place of Saleh Kebzabo, decided to withdraw. The same approach was adopted by the President of the African Democratic Movement (MDA) Mahamat Yosko and the President of the Action for the Republic Federation (FAR) Ngarlejy Yorongar
Also validated were the candidacies of the President of the Union for Renewal and Democracy (URD) Romadoungar Nialbé Félix, the President of the Chadian Patriot Movement for the Republic (MPTR) Brice Mbaimon, former Prime Minister Pahimi Padacket Albert, the former minister, the first woman candidate in a presidential election, Lydie Beassemda, engineer Yombombé Théophile and entrepreneur Alladoum Baltazar. These are the six challengers who will finally face outgoing President Idriss Déby Itno.
Among the failed candidates is Yaya Dillo Djerou, invested by a group not recognized by the Ministry of Territorial Administration and whose birth certificate is not compliant, according to the Supreme Court. There is also Masra Succès, who is not 40, according to the judges, and whose birth certificate is not compliant either.