Polling stations for Burkina Faso’s presidential and parliamentary elections open

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File Photo. OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO - MAY 22: Residents wait to cast their ballot during a municipal elections at a polling station in Ouagadougou on May 22, 2016. (Photo by Lougri Dimtalba/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Polling stations for Burkina Faso’s presidential and parliamentary elections opened at 6 a.m. local time on Sunday.

A total of 6,492,686 voters will elect the President of the Republic and 127 deputies who will sit in the parliament.

A total of 13 candidates are vying for the presidency, including outgoing President Roch Marc Christian Kabore, while 10,652 candidates are engaged for the election of the National Assembly.

“The Burkinabe are called to the polls to elect the president of (Burkina) Faso for the five-year period 2021-2025, as well as their representatives in the National Assembly. This coupled election marks an important turning point for the consolidation of our democracy,” President Kabore tweeted.

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