Let’s go to the submission of candidacies for the presidential election on November 22nd. The declared candidates have until 2 October to present themselves to the Independent National Electoral Commission (Céni) with their case file. However, some candidates face conditions for running that they consider “discriminatory”.
It is the school and university board adviser Issa Sawadogo, independent graduate, who was received first with her case file. An incomplete file because it was unable to collect either the sum of 25,000,000 CFA francs representing the deposit or the necessary sponsorships. Deposit required when submitting application files. An amount that is refundable if the candidate obtains at least 10% of the votes cast. Law professor at Joseph Ki Zerbo University and graduate Abdoulaye Soma believe this deposit is a form of Republican exclusion. “No one can leave the depths of Burkinabé society and become President of the Republic. These things are not easy for the normal Burkinabe, ”he emphasizes.
Sponsorship is also one of the conditions. Each potential candidate must be sponsored by at least fifty municipal councilors in several regions of the country. A measure condemned by the candidate of the “Sun of the Future” movement. “It is against the Constitution, and it is against democracy. An independent or new candidate must not meet this requirement, ”according to Abdoulaye Soma.
All declared candidates have until October 2 to submit their application to the Independent National Electoral Commission. A dozen candidates have already declared themselves for the presidential race, including current president Roch Marc Christian Kaboré and Eddie Komboigo from the party of former president Blaise Compaoré.
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