Panafrican News Agency

Burkina Faso INEC validates 14 nomination papers for 22 November presidential election

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Fourteen nomination papers out of the 23 submitted by politicians to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have been validated for the presidential election scheduled for 22 November in Burkina Faso, official sources said on Wednesday.

The chairman of INEC, Newton Ahmed Barry, said the files will be forwarded to the Constitutional Council, which will deal with appeals before publishing the final list.

The candidacy of President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré was validated as well as those of opposition leader, Zéphirin Diabré, 61, who came second in 2015 and Eddie Komboïgo, 56, of the Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP).

Also validated were the nomination papers of former Prime Minister (1996-2000) under the regime of Blaise Compaoré, Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, 67, as was Gilbert Noël Ouédraogo, 58, on behalf of the Alliance for Democracy and the African Democratic Federation/Reunion (ADF-RDA) and Tahirou Barry, 45, who came third in 2015.

Yeli Monique Kam of the Mouvement pour la renaissance du Burkina (MRB) is the only woman whose papers were validated.

Several candidates unknown to the general public had submitted their applications, but were unable to pay the deposit of 25 million CFA francs, or could not secure the required sponsors.

Some 6.492 million voters are expected to vote in the election.