The Burkinabè opposition said on Saturday that a “massive fraud” was in preparation on the eve of the presidential election in Burkina Faso, threatening not to recognize “results marred by irregularity”.
“It is clear that there is a great operation orchestrated by the power in place of a massive fraud to legitimize” a victory in the first round of the outgoing president, candidate for his re-election, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, declared during a press briefing Zéphirin Diabré, leader of the opposition and main challenger to the Head of State.
“We are not going to accept results marred by irregularity,” threatened Mr. Diabré, surrounded by five other opposition candidates (out of 12 in total), including Eddie Komboïgo, candidate for former President Blaise’s party. Compaoré and presented as the third man in Sunday’s poll.
“It is absolutely inconceivable after having traveled all over Burkina Faso to think of having a winning party in the first round”, insisted Mr. Diabré, adding that a “complaint will be filed in due form with the prosecutor of Faso”.
The presidential clan promised, as in 2015, a victory in the first round of this ballot considered to be the most open in the history of Burkina Faso, a very poor country in West Africa which has experienced multiple coups d’état since. his independence.
A victory in the first round would allow Roch Kaboré to avoid a second round against a candidate supported by the entire opposition.
The presidential election coupled with the legislative elections is being held as Burkina Faso is living its darkest hours since independence, undermined by attacks by jihadist groups which have killed at least 1,200 people in five years.
The number of people displaced by these attacks has increased exponentially in two years to reach one million, or 5% of the Burkinabè population.
The double ballot cannot be held on at least one fifth of the territory.
The fear of jihadist attacks on voting day is on everyone’s mind, as violence has killed at least 1,200 people since 2015 and large swathes of the territory are beyond state control due to this almost daily jihadist harassment .