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Polls close for presidential, legislative elections in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso Election
A voter casts her ballot at a polling station in Ouagadougou during Burkina Faso’s presidential and legislative elections on November 22, 2020. (AFP)

Polls for combined presidential and general elections in Burkina Faso have closed as scheduled at 6 p.m. local time on Sunday, and provisional results are expected on Monday.

Incumbent president Roch Marc Christian Kabore, seeking a second term of office, has faced 12 other candidates, while 10,652 candidates were vying for 127 parliament seats.

As polling stations closed, Newton Ahmed Barry, chairman of the National Independent Electoral Commission, said voter turnout has been satisfactory.

In total, 6,490,144 voters were registered inside and outside Burkina Faso to cast their ballots in about 21,000 polling stations that opened at 6 a.m. on Sunday.

According to official figures, about 10,000 national and international observers witnessed the electoral process, 80 of which deployed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

In its initial report on Sunday, the ECOWAS mission said political parties’ representatives were present in all polling stations; 91.49 percent of election materials were available; and 91.89 percent of voters have casted their ballots without any problem.