Only one application is so far lodged for the coming Oct. 11 presidential election at the Burkina Faso Constitutional council, a source close to the Council on Sunday told Xinhua.
For the said presidential election, the date of Aug. 21 is set as deadline for application and the Constitutional council has to disclose definitive contestants list on 29 August.
Mr. Ablasse Ouedraogo, leader of the political party “Faso Autrement” (Faso Otherwise) and former Minister of Foreign Affairs under Blaise Compaore regime, is the only one to have lodged application, the source said.
But it said that Zephirin Diabre of Union for Progress and Change (UPC) and former opposition leader will be received on Monday by the Constitutional council to lodge his candidacy.
Last week, civil society organizations protested before the Constitutional council against the eligibility of seven persons of the former president Blaise Compaore political party to stand for the coming election.
Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP), party of Blaise Compaore, condemned the protest arguing that the civil society organizations were manipulated as part of political maneuver of their adversaries.
Over 5.5 million electorates are expected to cast their vote on Oct. 11 to elect the next president of Burkina Faso, so as to put an end to the one year political transition in the West African country.
Burkina Faso is going through a political transition, following the resign in October 2014 of President Blaise Compaore amid uprising, as he attempted to unlock the constitution to stand for a third five-year term limit after 27 years in power. Enditem