Burkina Faso modifies Electoral Code allowing vote by internally displaced persons

A voter casts her ballot at a polling station in Ouagadougou during Burkina Faso's presidential and legislative elections on November 22, 2020. (AFP)

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso – The Burkinabe Parliament Monday adopted a law modifying the Electoral Code to allow internally displaced persons to participate in local elections in May 2022, an official source said.

According to a note from the Parliament, these changes introduce, among others, a limit of at least 50 percent of electoral constituencies in a municipality for validating the results and installing special delegations where elections could not be held.

The law also enshrines the vote of internally displaced persons in their host municipality.

The general debate dealt in particular with the vote of displaced persons, the installation of special delegations and the method of electing mayors by direct universal suffrage.

After the responses of the Minister of Territorial Administration, as a representative of the Government, the law was approved by 103 votes in favour, five against and 16 abstentions.

 

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