On Sunday, almost 6.5 million voters are called to the polls for a double legislative and presidential election in Burkina Faso. In a country where more than 40% of the population is between 18 and 30 years old, youth voting can be important in the election of the next president. Meeting with their student voters on one of the capital’s largest campuses, Ouaga 1.
With our special correspondent in Ouagadougou,
There is a crowd on campus at Ouaga 1 University on Friday. It’s lunchtime, the students meet and inevitably the presidential election on this Sunday will regularly return to the discussions.
“This is the second time I have voted.” For Nadège, she will no doubt vote because the 23-year-old psychology student is the only way to hope for a change: “You should not sit at home, criticize without voting. If you vote, you really help change things, while it does not matter if you do not vote, even if you speak. “
His biggest concern today is employment. Find a job to support your family. She also says that it has been peeled graduate program before he chose.
Next to him, on campus Ouaga 1, Bernard has another priority. A theme that has become one of the highlights of this campaign: the security situation. So what he expects from the next president is to act in the fight against terrorism: “Right now, this is the crucial problem. Now, almost every day, we have cases of attacks in the country and we have relatives living in remote communities who are really suffering. “
More than 6% of the polling stations were closed
This is a problem that Ahmadi is aware of. This weekend, this student will not return to the polls in his home in his village in the north of the country. An unnecessary journey, he explains, because his polling station will be part of the 6% of those who will not open on Sunday because of this uncertainty. “It affects me a lot, because I would like the people in my village to take part in this election. I’m very sad, it affects me very much. “
Jesse, another student, says he will not vote on Sunday either. He has arrived well, he has his voting card and his office will be open. For him, it is his decision, a choice that is fully accepted. A way not to lend himself to an election game where he no longer believes, he assures us.