election FAQ

Elections in Burkina Faso: 2016 Municipal Elections


On May 22, Burkinabe voters will elect Municipal Councilors, who will in turn elect their Mayors and Deputy Mayors. In total, 19,624 seats will be contested in 9,299 electoral districts.

The municipal elections are critical to Burkina Faso’s democratic future, completing an electoral process that was initiated following the resignation of longtime President Blaise Compaore in October 2014.

To help you understand this important electoral process, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Burkina Faso: 2016 Municipal Elections. IFES FAQs include:

  • Who will citizens be voting for in the municipal elections?
  • Are there reserved seats for women? What is the gender balance within the candidates lists?
  • Who can observe during Election Day? How can they get accreditation?
  • When will the final results be announced?