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Burkina Faso: calm, as locals await to vote Sunday

Burkina Faso Street A street in the capital city of Burkina Faso

Sat, 21 Nov 2020 Source: africanews.com

The capital city of Burkina Faso was relaxed on Friday as voters await to perform their civic responsibility on Sunday.

They will decide between President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré and an opposition that hopes one of its candidates will make it to round 2.

"Really, the campaign as a whole, it was unprecedented. If I may say so, it's the first time we've seen that there was fair play. We felt there was fair play. It wasn't tense. Even the politicians among themselves, the atmosphere was really calm", Ouagadougou resident, Souleyman Ouedraogo said.

Tarpilga said it is important for residents to vote on Sunday if they yearn for change.

"We convinced people to vote because we want change. For those who want change, they have to vote. For those who want the opposition too, they have to vote. You can't love someone without voting. If you love your country, you have to vote. No matter what political side you vote on", he said.

One-fifth of the country’s territory would be disenfranchised due to insecurity largely caused by jihadist attacks.

The situation has dominated the campaign and voting will take place under heavy surveillance.

A professor of political science, Drissa Traore has said because the opposition failed to rally behind a single candidate as in 2015, President Kaboré hopes to garner over 50 per cent of votes to avoid a run-off vote.

Source: africanews.com

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