By Stuart Bogere
KIU, Main Campus - Electorates in Burkina Faso have re-elected President Roch Marc Christian Kabore to serve for another five years, according to preliminary results announced by the National Independent Electoral Commission.
While declaring the results The Head of Electoral Commission Newtom Ahmed Barry on Thursday said, “Mr Kabore … with 57.87% of the vote, is provisionally elected president of Burkina Faso in the first round."
Meanwhile Kabore, at his party headquarters in Ouagadougou, vowed to strengthen dialogue in his country.
“I will deploy all my efforts so that through continuous consultation, through dialogue we can work together for peace and development,” he said.
President Kabore received 1.6 million votes of the nearly three million cast, with voter turnout at 50 percent.
Burkina Faso's opposition has accused the governing party of foul play, including bribery saying that the entire electoral process was “riddled with fraud”.
Civil society organisations in Burkina Faso say the president will need to work harder in his second term to unite an increasingly divided country.