World Insecurity, the number one issue in the elections in Burkina Faso

03:15  22 november  2020
03:15  22 november  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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.

General elections are scheduled to be held in Burkina Faso on 22 November 2020 to elect the President and National Assembly. The President is elected using the two-round system

This spread is particularly relevant to Burkina Faso , occuring at a pace that the government has serious For instance,the Kabonga site witnessed a landslide in late October, burying an unknown number of In Burkina Faso , only a small fraction of the attacks attributed to militants are claimed

Plus de six millions d'électeurs choisissent députés et président de la République dimanche 22 novembre au Burkina Faso (photo d'illustration). © ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP More than six million voters choose deputies and President of the Republic Sunday, November 22 in Burkina Faso (photo illustration).

Nearly 6.5 million Burkinabè voters are called to the polls this Sunday, November 22 for the first round of the presidential election, a ballot coupled with legislative elections. The 21,000 polling stations open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. In all, thirteen candidates for the presidential election and 10,000 for the deputation. These elections are taking place in a context marked by insecurity.

With our special correspondent in Ouagadougou, Carine Frenk

In 2015, Burkina Faso turned the page of the transition. Roch Marc Christian Kaboré won in the first round. Now, five years later, the euphoria that followed the popular uprising and the fall of Blaise Compaoré has given way to disillusionment. The country has plunged into a serious security and humanitarian crisis. And many fear that this voting day will be marked by new terrorist attacks.

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).

Peace and security among key issues ahead of polls. Six years after heading into exile, the shadow of former president Blaise Compaore still lingers in Burkina Faso as the country heads Exiled in Ivory Coast, Blaise Compaore is still regarded as one of the highly respected ex-presidents to Burkina Faso .

A massive dust storm in Burkina Faso (bottom center) created an opaque, sandy shroud Repeated military coups during the 1970s and 1980s were followed by multiparty elections in the early 1990s. Burkina Faso 's high population growth, recurring drought, pervasive and perennial food insecurity

Because the context is indeed that of growing insecurity in the country: the attacks of the jihadists, sometimes interwoven with inter-community conflicts, have killed at least 1,200 people since 2015 and more than a million displaced, i.e. one inhabitant in twenty. .

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According to the electoral commission, due to this insecurity, 6% of the polling stations will not be able to open but the political parties have adopted a pragmatic approach: only the results of open polling stations will be taken into account. For these elections, the electoral framework is consensual. The consolidation of democratic gains is at stake.

If on the side of the MPP, the ruling party, we are sure that the Head of State will win in the first round, the opposition denounced, the day before the election , massive fraud in preparation and warned against any forced passage. Burkina Faso has not known a second round since 1978.

Burkina Faso: the fight against insecurity, a major election issue

 Burkina Faso: the fight against insecurity, a major election issue © Screenshot France 24 at university Joseph Ki-Zerbo of Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, the returning Nov. 22 at the heart of debates between students. While the Burkinabe are called to the polls Sunday for presidential and legislative elections, the inhabitants of Ouagadougou, the capital, are concerned about the security deterioration in their country, ravaged by jihadist attacks. Reportage from the Burkinabe who fight against insecurity is a major election issue.

Burkina Faso Faces Lack of Security in Light of Inslamist Insurgency. Activists and supporters of the epi and daba party of Kadiogo showed up in large numbers on Thursday to rally behind National Insecurity . Describing the current security situation in Burkina Faso as "macabre," Eddie Komboïgo

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and our partners are facing severe challenges in accessing the internally displaced people and refugee populations in Burkina Faso as insecurity grips Displaced families are in desperate need of shelter, water and food. Many are sleeping in the open, as renting

Alliance of oppositions in the event of a second round

Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, outgoing president, plays a lot on the reassuring image of a man who knows how to listen and relies on his position of current president. Despite the criticism he faced throughout the campaign for the stagnation that would characterize his governance, he tried to defend his record.

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Zéphirin Diabré, leader of the opposition with twenty seats in the National Assembly, is one of the head of state's main challengers. Former deputy director general of the UNDP, former vice-president for Africa of the French group Areva, he relies on his stature to convince, but his party the UPC has seen its last years of resignations in cascade.

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Security crisis dominates as Burkina heads to polls

  Security crisis dominates as Burkina heads to polls The walls of Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou are smothered in posters as more than a dozen rivals try to win over voters ahead of Sunday's general election. But one colour -- orange -- dominates. It's the campaign colour of President Roch Marc Christian Kabore, who is running for a second term, defying criticism of his failure to blunt a jihadist insurgency. Kabore, 63, is the big favourite in Sunday's presidential election. His supportersBut one colour -- orange -- dominates.

Soldiers from Burkina Faso patrol on the road of Gorgadji in the country's Sahel area on March 3, 2019. The rising insecurity has forced people from their homes. The number of displaced increased tenfold in 2019 to more than 560,000 people, making it the world’s fastest-growing displacement crisis

Burkina Faso is set to hold presidential elections on 22 November. President Kaboré has promised peace if re- elected and urged the opposition not to A security source told a French news agency that four other people were injured and had been taken to a hospital in the nearby Ouahigouya town.

Eddie Komboïgo will represent the Congress for Democracy and Progress, the party of former President Blaise Compaoré. He also believes in his victory and claims that the CDP machine, which was excluded from the 2015 presidential election, "has woken up".

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In addition, seven opposition candidates signed an agreement: the one who will qualify for the second round will have the support of all the others. "It will be the first round or the half-round", quipped an opponent while on the power side, we say we are serene.

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Regarding the legislative elections, around 10,000 candidates and their substitutes from 126 political parties, formations and movements, contend for 127 seats of deputies. A major challenge for these legislative elections: will the one who is elected be able to obtain a majority of deputies or will he be forced to seek alliances?

Burkina opposition candidate alleges 'massive fraud' ahead of Sunday vote .
Burkina opposition candidate alleges 'massive fraud' ahead of Sunday voteOUAGADOUGOU (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.

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