Burkina Faso’s former Foreign Minister (FM) Ablasse Ouedraogo has filed his nomination papers for the forthcoming presidential poll, five days before the end for submitting nominations.
The Constitutional Council is expected to publish the final list of candidates on Aug. 29, 2015.
Burkina Faso’s former opposition leader Zephirin Diabre of the Union for Progress and Change is expected to file his nomination papers soon.
Last week, local civil society groups filed a case at the Constitutional Council questioning eligibility of seven of the candidates from former ruling party, Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP).
However, CDP has termed the move as “illegal”, arguing that the civil society groups were working on behalf of the party’s political opponents.
Over 5.5 million Burkinabes are expected to turn out on Oct. 11, 2015 to elect a new president and members of parliament.
The election will mark the end of a one-year transition that began after President Blaise Compaore, who was attempting to extend his 27-year term, was forced to step down in October 2014. Enditem