Burkina Faso electoral body calls for calm municipal electoral campaign

The campaign period for the May 22 municipal elections in Burkina Faso is set to open Saturday across the West African country, an official source on Friday said in Ouagadougou the capital.

Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso

“I wish to you all that the electoral campaign that will take place from 7 to 20 May 2016 be calm and civilized, stamped by a sense of patriotism, fairness, integrity and mutual respect,” the electoral body CENI chairman, Barthelemy Kere, said in a release on Friday.

Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso
He explained that the municipal elections should allow Burkina Faso to complete the long process that was launched since the beginning of the political transition that followed October 2014 popular insurrection.

“We have all been summoned therefore, as actors, on our role in the finalization of this process so as to convince even the most skeptical that Burkina Faso has definitely turned a page of its history,” said the CENI chairman.

A total of 156,693 contestants from 72 political parties, a political group and groupings of independent candidates will enter in competition.

According to the electoral body, 19,624 seats are in stake in 9,299 constituencies across Burkina Faso.

An electorate of 5,539,384 persons enlisted on the national electoral list are expected to cast their votes in 17,938 polling stations. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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