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World Burkina opposition candidate alleges 'massive fraud' ahead of Sunday vote

21:15  21 november  2020
21:15  21 november  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Burkina Faso counts ballots; extremist threats affected vote

  Burkina Faso counts ballots; extremist threats affected vote OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Votes are being counted in Burkina Faso after Sunday’s presidential and legislative elections, where threats of extremist violence linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State prevented parts of the country from casting ballots. Election workers began the counting after polls closed by holding up the ballots up for observers and marking the votes on a chalkboard beside the candidate's name. Preliminary results are expected within the next two days.While there were no reported incidents of major attacks, threats of violence prevented people from casting ballots in hard-hit parts of the country, in the North, Sahel and East regions.

Burkina Faso goes to the polls on Sunday . The threat of extremist violence could prevent people from casting their votes on the day of the election as the It is also not clear how many of the country's more than 1 million internally displaced people will be able to vote . CENI couldn't carry out voter

Burkina Faso will vote in a general election Sunday in the shadow of a growing jihadist The security crisis has dominated the campaign and voting will take place under heavy Most of the 12 opposition candidates running against Kabore have criticised the incumbent's failure to stem the bloodshed.

By Edward McAllister

a man holding a microphone: Opposition leader and presidential candidate Zephirin Diabre holds a news conference ahead of the presidential and legislative elections, in Ouagadougou, © Reuters/STRINGER Opposition leader and presidential candidate Zephirin Diabre holds a news conference ahead of the presidential and legislative elections, in Ouagadougou,

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso opposition candidate Zephirin Diabre said President Roch Kabore is orchestrating a "massive fraud" to secure re-election in Sunday's presidential vote, and that he will not accept results marred by irregularities.

a man and a woman sitting on a motorcycle: Electoral workers transport ballot boxes on their motorcycles as they arrive to prepare a polling station ahead of the presidential and legislative elections, in Ouagadougou, © Reuters/ZOHRA BENSEMRA Electoral workers transport ballot boxes on their motorcycles as they arrive to prepare a polling station ahead of the presidential and legislative elections, in Ouagadougou,

Diabre, a 61-year-old former finance minister, is one of the main challengers in a field of 12 who are seeking to unseat Kabore in Burkina Faso's second democratic elections since a 2014 revolution.

Burkina Faso to vote in shadow of jihadist threat

  Burkina Faso to vote in shadow of jihadist threat Burkina Faso will vote in a general election Sunday in the shadow of a growing jihadist insurgency, with President Roch Marc Christian Kabore expected to win re-election. Emmanuel Macron -- president of Burkina Faso's former colonial ruler France, which has troops in the country -- waded into the debate on Friday, ruling out negotiating with jihadist groups in the Sahel. "We don't talk with terrorists. We fight," he said in an interview.- Volunteer militias -One of Kabore's efforts has been the creation earlier this year of volunteer militias supervised by the state, called Volunteers for the Defence of the Nation (VDP).

Burkina opposition candidate alleges ' massive fraud ' ahead of Sunday vote . Though it didn't experience a massive sell-off like most of the market did in the first quarter, shares of NIO stock were hovering around .30 in mid-March.

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Diabre told a news conference on Saturday that ruling party agents are paying women in markets to hand over voting cards so that someone else can vote for them. He waved aloft a video on his mobile phone purportedly showing this occurring, but did not provide further evidence of wrongdoing.

a group of people sitting at a table: Electoral workers prepare a polling station ahead of the presidential and legislative elections, in Ouagadougou © Reuters/ZOHRA BENSEMRA Electoral workers prepare a polling station ahead of the presidential and legislative elections, in Ouagadougou

Diabre said his party will file a complaint with the state prosecutor and asked the electoral commission to end the practice.

"The massive nature of the phenomenon may undermine the serenity and integrity of the results of the November 22 elections," Diabre said.

The president of Kabore's MPP party, Simon Compaore called the allegations "false".

Burkina: the opposition increases the pressure on the eve of the presidential election

 Burkina: the opposition increases the pressure on the eve of the presidential election © OLYMPIA DE MAISMONT The leader of the opposition in Burkina, Zéphirin Diabré, denounces during a press conference on November 21, 2020 in Ouagadougou massive fraud on the eve of the presidential election.

On voting day , the ZESN report continues, 82 per cent of urban polling stations turned 25 or more prospective voters for a variety of reasons, while the ZEC officials have suggested that the greater density of populations and polling stations in urban areas could have meant that some urban voters

Supporters of the Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP) party gather in the capital of Burkina Faso for Eddie Komboïgo's rally, candidate in the presidential election on November 22.

Electoral commission representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The head of a mission by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which arrived to meet opposition members as Diabre's conference was ending, said that he had seen no evidence of fraud.

"We have been blessed to witness a very calm and gentlemanly campaign. We have no worries of fraud," the former prime minister of Guinea, Kabine Komara, told Reuters.

Mohammed Yusuf et al. standing in front of a building: An electoral worker stands beside a ballot box at a polling station ahead of the presidential and legislative elections, in Ouagadougou © Reuters/ZOHRA BENSEMRA An electoral worker stands beside a ballot box at a polling station ahead of the presidential and legislative elections, in Ouagadougou

Analysts expect a tight race between Kabore, Diabre and another candidate, Eddie Komboigo, with the possiblity of a second round election if no candidate wins more than 50% of the vote on Sunday.

Gypsy et al. standing in front of a crowd: Opposition leaders and presidential candidates Ablasse Ouedraogo, Zephirin Diabre and Eddie Komboigo hold a press conference ahead of the presidential and legislative elections, in Ouagadougou © Reuters/STRINGER Opposition leaders and presidential candidates Ablasse Ouedraogo, Zephirin Diabre and Eddie Komboigo hold a press conference ahead of the presidential and legislative elections, in Ouagadougou

At least 400,000 people, or nearly 7% of the Burkina Faso electorate, will not be able to vote due to an Islamist insurgency linked to al Qaeda and the Islamic State that has forced a million people to flee.

By order of the electoral commission, polling stations will not open in hundreds of villages hard-hit by attacks in the north and east.

(Additional reporting by Thiam Ndiaga; Writing by Bate Felix; Editing by Frances Kerry)

Burkina Faso: the Islamic State organization claims one of the most serious attacks against the army .
© Luc Gnago, Reuters Soldiers from Burkina Faso patrol the road to Gorgadji in the Sahel region, Burkina Faso, the March 3, 2019. The Islamic State organization on Saturday claimed responsibility for the attack committed on Wednesday against the Burkinabè army in the north of the country. A total of 14 soldiers were killed in the midst of the electoral campaign for the presidential and legislative elections.

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