Francophonie organisation to monitor Burkinabe polls

Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) plans to send a ten-member observer team, headed by French senator, Laurent Beteille, to Burkina Faso to monitor presidential elections scheduled there 13 November, official OIF sources affirmed here Saturday.
According to Christine Desouches, director of the human rights and democracy Delegation (DDHD) at the OIF, this observer mission will monitor the presidential election throughout the country.
"The Francophonie Parliamentary Assembly mandated Beteille to lead this important mission.
Observers will have to visit all control polling stations to make sure the election goes smoothly," Desouches told PANA on the eve of the opening in Bamako of a symposium on democratic practices in the French- speaking world.
"The OIF has helped Burkina Faso prepare for this election by training the media in election coverage techniques.
The Organisation has also provided decisive support to the electoral Commission and the Constitutional Court.
We are determined to help Burkina Faso hold a dispute-free election," Desouches emphasised.
Twelve candidates, including incumbent President Blaise Compaore, backed by Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP), are in presidential race set for 13 November.
The 13th candidate, Herman Yameogo, withdrew from the race after the Constitutional Court refused to revoke the candidature of Compaore who has been in power since 1987.

05 november 2005 18:57:00

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