AA / Ouagadougou / Dramane Traoré
The political dialogue between the opposition and the ruling majority was closed on Tuesday in Ouagadougou, after two days of debate, in the presence of the President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré and the Prime Minister, Christophe Dabiré, with notably as points through agreements the election of mayors by direct universal suffrage and the adoption of sectors and villages as electoral constituencies.
Regarding the revision of the electoral code, the actors discussed the voting method for the election of the heads of local authorities, the vote in areas with a strong security challenge and that of internally displaced persons, the revision of the relative provisions. to the enlistment of voters, political nomadism, and the disguised electoral campaign.
They said they had reached consensus on all of these points and voted for the election of mayors by direct universal suffrage.
However, according to the conclusions of the meeting communicated to the press, the two camps are divided on the entry into force of this decision.
The presidential majority wants the measure to be effective with the May 2022 municipal elections, while the opposition is proposing the 2027 elections, in order to have time to explain it to its activists.
On this point, it was proposed that President Kaboré decide on the deadline for the implementation of the recommendation.
“I salute the availability and the sense of the Republic of the actors of the majority and of the opposition, who agreed on the essentials at the end of their consultations”, wrote Kaboré, shortly after the work in a note.
“I like to note points of consensus whose implementation is the responsibility of the government. I will pay particular attention to them,” he promised.
Regarding the security situation, the opposition congratulated President Kaboré for the changes made in the executive and the actions undertaken in the security field.
For the vote of internally displaced persons, in the name of their right to be voters and eligible, they are allowed to vote in their host area.
The actors are committed to supporting women for their involvement in elective and administrative functions.
The Minister in charge of Reconciliation, Zéphirin Diabré, presented to the actors the level of progress of the process marked by the establishment of the national guidance and monitoring council, the results of the High Council of Reconciliation and of the unit. national level and consultations with the vital forces of the nation.
He informed of the holding in January 2022 of the national reconciliation forum.
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