Voting took place in Ouagadougou on Sunday (December 20) signalling Upper Volta's return to democratic rule after five years of Army control of the government.
Voting took place in Ouagadougou on Sunday (December 20) signalling Upper Volta's return to democratic rule after five years of Army control of the government. One of the early voters was President General Sangoule Lamizana, who has governed the country since he seized power in January 1966.
After taking power General Lamizana incarcerated President Maurice Yameogo for the embezzlement of public funds and suspended all political activities for three years. A year ago he renewed the ban but promised that the elections would be held this December and the Army returned to barracks if the politicians behaved themselves. Then, last August he released ex-President Yameogo, who returned to his village.
In these elections, three parties are contesting 57 seats in the House of Representatives - first is General Lamizana's own Volta Democratic Union (UDV), the African Renewal Party (PRA) and the Liberation Movement. Four other lesser parties are also disputing eleven electoral districts. Early results put the UDV in the lead.
Among the official voters were the Minister of War veterans and his wife, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Mrs. Zorome, and Defence Minister Colonel Ouedraogo.