|Map: Burkina Faso. Credit: CIA World Factbook.|
Burkina Faso Parliamentary and Local Elections
Mark C. Toner
Deputy Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
December 4, 2012
We congratulate the Burkinabe people on their peaceful participation in Sunday’s parliamentary and local elections. Millions of voters across the country successfully cast their votes for more than 6,000 candidates for 127 seats in parliament and thousands of local races. We welcome initial reports that voting was generally peaceful and well-run. We encourage election officials to thoroughly investigate all reports of irregularities and we look forward to the announcement of official results on December 7.
|Burkina Faso Locator Map. Credit: CIA World Factbook.|
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FROM CIA WORLD FACTBOOK
Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) achieved independence from France in 1960. Repeated military coups during the 1970s and 1980s were followed by multiparty elections in the early 1990s. Current President Blaise COMPAORE came to power in a 1987 military coup and has won every election since then. Burkina Faso's high population density and limited natural resources result in poor economic prospects for the majority of its citizens.