Burkina Faso’s president Christian Marc Kabore says the holding of the municipal elections will contribute in strengthening his country’s democracy as mayors and municipal councillors have a great role to play in Burkina Faso’s future.
He was speaking shortly after voting on Sunday in capital city Ouagadougou.
More than 5 million voters are expected to cast their ballots.
The rush to the polls is not as important as for the presidential election, because the municipal elections do not pull crowds.
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A few hours after the opening of polling stations, turnout was low compared to the presidential election in November 2015.
“The rush to the polls is not as important as for the presidential election, because the municipal elections do not pull crowds,” said the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission Bartholomew Kéré.
Voting was however on hold in three towns for security reasons.
This election could allow parties including that of former President Compaoré‘s to rebuild a place in Burkinabe politics
Polls closed at 6pm and the results are expected before the end of the week.