Burkina Faso’s transitional parliament has passed a law that bars those who supported former president Blaise Compaore’s constitutional amendment push to extend his 27-year term, from contesting in the forthcoming elections.
The law was passed overwhelmingly by 76 votes to 10 on Tuesday. The ex-ruling party only has 10 members out of the 90 members of the transitional parliament.
According to the new law, “all members of the ex-regime who have supported the amendment of Article 37 of the Constitution are ineligible to contest in the elections set for October this year.”
Compaore, who had been in power since 1987, wanted to amend Article 37 of the Burkinabe Constitution that limits presidential terms to two. He was forced to step down amid last October’s uprising against his re-election attempt.
The new law that is supposed to be approved by the Constitutional Council before being promulgated by the transition President Michel Kafando, allows independent candidates in the presidential and legislative elections that are expected to end the transition.
Heavy police surveillance was in place during the vote, after Tuesday morning’s scuffle between supporters of the ex-president and the security forces in front of the transitional parliament.
Before the vote, head of the Congress for Democracy and Progress, Leonce Kone, a member of the ex-ruling party, said the interim parliament has no legitimacy to decide who is eligible and who is not to contest because “its members were not elected by the people.” Enditem