22 candidates register for Burkina Faso's October elections

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 22, 2015 at 6:21 a.m.



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OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A Burkina Faso court says 22 candidates have been officially registered to run in the October elections.

The High Court announced the candidate list on Saturday and said it will publish the final official candidate list by Aug. 29.

Transitional authorities have ruled Burkina Faso since a popular uprising forced Blaise Compaore to resign in October after 27 years in power.

The transitional government in April passed an electoral code barring candidates who supported the Compaore's bid to return to power. However, West Africa's regional economic body then denounced the measure.

The upcoming elections will be the first free elections for Burkina Faso as the country has been under military rule since 1966, just six years after independence from France.

The electoral commission said some 5.5 million voters have registered.

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