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The presidential and legislative elections will take place 22 November.

13 candidates are standing in the presidential elections, including incumbent head of state, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, who is running for a second term in office and appears to be the favourite.

The elections will go ahead while the security situation remains poor as jihadist groups have continued to extend their zone of action in recent years since the first attacks in 2015.

At least 14 people had been killed 11 November in an attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group on the Tin-Akoff road, causing the election campaign to be temporarily suspended (see our warnings).

According to the Constitutional Council, the elections will not be able to be held in some 1,500 towns 22 November, representing 17.7% of the territory, due to the “presence of terrorist groups”, the lack of administration in the affected areas and the fact that many people have abandoned their homes. Furthermore, internally displaced people, who represent 5% of the population, will not be able to vote in the elections.

Therefore, an “exceptional security plan” has been set up, including the deployment of 50,000 members of the security forces for election day. Security will be particularly stepped up in areas qualified as “orange” by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), representing 15% to 20% of the territory.

It is advisable to limit your movements and remain vigilant. Please keep away from all gatherings during the electoral period, especially on the day of the elections and when the results are announced. Violence should not be ruled out.

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