Roch Marc Christian Kabore will serve another five years as Burkina Faso’s president after being declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election.
According to provisional results announced by the National Independent Electoral Commission, Kabore won with nearly 58 percent of the vote, beating 12 opponents and claiming victory in the first round.
Newton Ahmed Barry, the commission’s president said Kabore received 1.6 million votes of the nearly 3 million cast, with voter turnout at 50 percent.
Eddie Komboigo, the candidate of a once-ruling party, came second in Sunday’s vote with 15.48 percent of the ballot, followed by Zephirin Diabre, with 12.46 percent.
The opposition has accused the ruling party of foul play, including bribery.
The process was “riddled with fraud” and the electoral commission was not up to the task of organising responsible elections, Tahirou Barry, an opposition candidate, told a press conference.
Halidou Ouedraogo, president of the organisation Codel which monitored the elections, admitted that there were some reports of irregularities but it wasn’t widespread.