DAKAR, SENEGAL — Vote counting is underway in Burkina Faso following Sunday’s local and legislative elections. These were the country’s first polls since anti-government protests last year and are seen as a key test for the ruling party.
Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore highlighted the importance of Sunday’s elections as he cast his ballot in the capital, Ouagadougou.
Compaore said parliament and local government are the pillars of democracy and rule of law, and voting on who will enter these posts is key to solidifying democracy and the nation. He said electoral reforms have been put in place to ensure the vote is free, fair and calm.