Burkina Faso. According to
Countryaah, ten opposition parties joined forces in
February in a coalition, the FUDR, demanding that an
independent election commission be formed to oversee the
November presidential election. In March, President Blaise
Compaoré approached opposition politician Ernest Nongma
Ouédraogo, party leader of the Bloc socialiste burkinabè
(BSB). Ouédrago was sentenced in 1995 to six months
imprisonment for insulting President Compaoré and was
therefore not allowed to take part in the 1997 parliamentary
Most November 15 presidential elections were boycotted by
most opposition parties, who claimed that the electoral
system was a barrier to free and honest elections. The two
opposition candidates running for election did not pose a
threat to President Compaoré. He received over 87% of the
vote and thus retains power for another seven years.
According to the Election Commission, about 56% voted, which
was over twice the previous presidential election in 1991.
Foreign observers said they were satisfied with the
election, but local observer groups and opposition
representatives accused the regime of electoral fraud.