Voting takes place in Burkina Faso

Voting for the general elections was held in Burkina Faso on 22 November 2020 to elect the President and National Assembly. The voting took place under the looming threat of jihadist violence. Results are expected to be available midweek. 

President Roch Kabore who is running for a second five-year term against 12 other candidates has promised to secure and stabilize the country. Kabore must win 51% of the votes cast in the first round to avoid a runoff. 

The President is elected using the two-round system; if no candidate receives a majority of the vote in the first round, a second round will be held.

The 127 members of the National Assembly are elected by proportional representation; 111 are elected from 45 multi-member constituencies with between two and nine seats, with 16 elected from a single nationwide constituency. 

 ”I call on all Burkinabe to vote, whatever their leaning. It’s about the democracy of Burkina Faso, it’s about development, it’s about peace,” Kabore told reporters after voting. Opposition candidates have alleged that fraud took place during meetings. 

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