Date:02 Dec 2012
Polls Opens in Burkina Faso Legislative Elections
Voters cast ballots this morning in legislative and municipal elections in Burkina Faso.More than 6,000 candidates are competing for 127 seats in parliament as 4 million voters have registered for the elections held at more than 14,600 polling stations across Burkina Faso with polls set to close at 1800 GMT.
Polls opens at 6:00 am with lines of 10 to 15 people were seen voting calmly in neighborhoods on the outskirts of the capital Ouagadougou.
These are the first elections since a crisis in early 2011 in this West African country, when a wave of mutinies, in parallel with violent popular protests, almost toppled the administration of Compaore, who has been in power since a military coup in 1987.
Faced with a still divided opposition, Compaore's powerful Congress for Democracy and Progress party enters the contest as the big favourite despite internal tensions.
These elections will be a test case a year and a half after violence that almost toppled the administration of President Blaise Compaore.