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Half of Burkina Faso Voters Fail to Enroll for December Election

August 27, 2012

Half of the expected voters in Burkina Faso didn’t register for legislative and municipal elections scheduled for December, with no plan in place to enroll them, said Boris Edson Yameogo, spokesman for the country’s electoral commission.

Four million people signed up in the registration period from June 1 to yesterday, less than the 8 million expected, he said by phone today from Ouagadougou, the capital. The commission will check for double registrations and give a “definitive list” by the end of September, Yameogo said.

The annual rainy season may have prevented many people from being able to register, he said.

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