Upper Volta's military ruler, President Sangoule Lamizana has established a large lead in the country's first presidential elections for 12 years.
Upper Volta's military ruler, President Sangoule Lamizana has established a large lead in the country's first presidential elections for 12 years. Figures released by the country's Interior Minister Mr. Yoryan Gabriel on Thursday (18 May) gave President Lamizana a lead of more than 170,000 votes in the first round of voting. His nearest rival is Macaire Ouedraogo of the National Union for the Defence of Democracy.
SYNOPSIS: Polling day was last Sunday (14 May). Although polling stations in the capital of Ouagadougou were kept busy, officials reported a generally poor turn-out across most of the country. Political activities resumed in Upper Volta last November in preparation for a return to fully-fledged civilian rule this month. Elections for the country's new National Assembly were held last month. These Presidential elections were contested by four candidates. Favourite for the office was the country's military ruler for the past 12 years, 62-year-old General Lamizana, who made his early career in the French Army. Forecasts had stated his main opposition would come from support for Mr. Joseph Ouedraogo, a former Minister of Finance and the Interior in pre-military rule governments. He was representing the socialist-leaning Rejection Front.
Professor Joseph Ki-Zerbo of the Volta Progressive Union had also been tipped as a strong rival to General Lamizana. But those opposing General Lamizana have opted for Mr. Macaire Ouedraogo of the National Union for the Defence of Democracy. A second poll will be held on may the twenty-eighth.