World Burkina Faso: presidential candidates protest against "discriminatory" conditions

05:26  29 september  2020
05:26  29 september  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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C he left for the submission of candidatures for the presidential election on November 22. The declared candidates have until October 2 to present themselves to the Independent National Electoral Commission (Ceni) with their dossier. But some candidates face conditions to run that they consider “discriminatory”.

With our correspondent in Ouagadougou, Yaya Boudani

It was the school and university management counselor Issa Sawadogo, independent candidate, who was received first with his file. An incomplete file because it was unable to raise either the sum of 25,000,000 CFA francs, representing the deposit, or the required sponsorships. The deposit is required when submitting the application files. An amount that will be reimbursed in the event that the candidate obtains at least 10% of the votes cast. Law teacher at Joseph Ki Zerbo University and candidate, Abdoulaye Soma believes that this deposit is a form of Republican exclusion. “Someone cannot leave the depths of Burkinabè society and become President of the Republic. These things are not easy for the normal Burkinabè, ”he emphasizes.

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The conditions also include sponsorship. Each potential candidate must obtain the sponsorship of at least fifty city councilors in several regions of the country. A measure denounced by the candidate of the "Sun of the Future" movement. “It is against the Constitution and it is against democracy. An independent or new candidate must not face this requirement ”according to Abdoulaye Soma.

All declared candidates have until October 2 to submit their dossier to the independent national electoral commission. A dozen candidates have already declared themselves for the presidential race, including current President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré and Eddie Komboigo from the party of former President Blaise Compaoré.

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