On October 31, 2014, in response to mounting public pressure, President Blaise Compaoré abruptly stepped down after nearly 30 years in power and fled the country, triggering a transition period that will culminate with presidential elections scheduled to be held in October 2015. The importance of these elections cannot be overstated: they will provide citizens with an opportunity to be actively involved in their country’s electoral and political processes. Thus, the elections must be viewed as a credible expression of popular will.
Since March 2015, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) has been working closely with the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) of Burkina Faso as it undertakes preparations for these pivotal elections. Over the course of the next year, IFES will provide targeted technical and material support to the CENI in order to increase the transparency and credibility of the electoral process. Likewise, IFES will work closely with the CENI on the development of civic and voter education messaging promoting the peaceful participation of all citizens.