Tense wait for election outcome in Burkina Faso
By John Eche
There is currently a tense wait for the outcome of the presidential election that was held in Burkina Faso last Sunday.
In addition to the incumbent President, Roch Marc Christian Kabore, one of the other leading candidates in the contest for which the results is currently being anxiously awaited is former Finance Minister and candidate of the UPC in the contest, Zéphirin Diabré.
The Sahelian country has, like many other states in West and Central Africa, been at the receiving end of a destructive insurgent campaigns by Islamists for several years now.
No fewer than 1500 communities were disenfranchised from participating in the polls because the authorities could not guarantee security for both voters and electoral officials and materials. At the same time, resolving the insurgency was one of the major campaign themes in the polls.
Part of the wait now has to do with whether there would be an outright winner from the contest or whether there would be the need for a re-run.
President Roch Marc Kabore of Burkina Faso