Outgoing President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré was re-elected in the first round with 57.87% of the votes at the head of Burkina Faso for a second term, according to preliminary results communicated Thursday, November 26 by the Electoral Commission. The results must still be validated by the Constitutional Council after examination of possible appeals.
“Mr. Kaboré, Roch Christian Marc, with 57.87% of the vote is declared elected provisionally in the first round as president of Faso”, said the president of the Independent Electoral Commission (Céni), Newton Ahmed Barry.
Eddie Komboïgo, candidate of the party of ex-president Blaise Compaoré, comes second with 15.48% of the vote ahead of Zephirin Diabré (12.46%), considered the leader of the opposition until then.
Some observers of Burkinabè political life were anticipating a closer ballot, the first term of Roch Kaboré having been marked by the resurgence of ethnic violence and the spread of Islamist insurgencies which now concern a large part of West Africa. .
The dual presidential and legislative elections took place on Sunday under high security tension, Burkina Faso living its darkest hours since independence, undermined by attacks by jihadist groups that have killed at least 1,200 people in five years.
The opposition threatened not to recognize the results
The Burkinabe opposition had estimated Monday that the ballot was “enamelled with fraud” and had threatened to “Not to accept results marred by irregularities”. She had already stated, on the eve of the election, that a “Massive fraud” was in preparation.
Among the grievances cited by the opposition are the non-opening or late opening of polling stations, unsecured transport of ballot boxes, lack of materials or personnel or even the arbitrary modification of the mapping of polling stations.
The parties of the presidential majority called on Tuesday to “Respect for results” of the ballot, considering that “The shortcomings noted, although regrettable, are not of a magnitude likely to have a significant impact on the result of the ballot”.
The elections could not take place in at least a fifth of the territory, depriving between 300,000 and 350,000 people of the vote, according to the electoral commission.