Nov. 29, 2015 Held

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso

Election for Burkinabe Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:3,309,988
Valid Votes:3,118,695
Invalid Votes:191,239

Vote Share by Candidate:

Roch Marc Christian KABORÉ1,668,169


Zephirin DIABRÉ924,811


Tahirou BARRY96,457


Bénéwendé SANKARA86,459

Election Results Modified: Dec 11, 2015

General Information

At stake in this election:       

  • The office of President of Burkina Faso

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Interim President Michel KAFANDO (since 18 November 2014)*
  • Head of Government: Interim Prime Minister Lt Col Yacouba Isaac ZIDA (since 19 November 2014)*
  • Assembly: Burkina Faso has a National Assembly (Assemblée Nationale) with 127 seats.

*Both the Interim President and Interim Prime Minister came to power shortly after a period of political unrest following the resignation of former President Blaise COMPAORE on 31 October 2014 and again after a short-lived coup in September 2015. More information about the transition can be found here.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system to serve a 5-year term.
  • Prime Minister is appointed by the president with the approval of the parliament.
  • In the National Assembly (Assemblée Nationale) 127 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 5-year terms.**

**In the National Assembly, 111 members are elected by proportional representation in 45 multi-member constituencies having between 2 and 9 seats, and 16 members are elected by proportional representation in a nationwide constituency.

Main Candidates in the Presidential race:

  • Candidate: Ram OUÉDRAOGO
    • Party: Rally of the Ecologists of Burkina / Rassemblement des Écologistes du Bruina (RDEBF)
  • Candidate: Alblassé OUÉDRAOGO
    • Party: Faso Autrement
  • Candidate: Zéphirin DIABRÉ
    • Party: Union for Progress and Change / Union pour le Progrès et le Changement (UPC)
  • Candidate: Victorien TOUGOUMA
    • Party: African People’s Movement / Mouvement Africain des Peuples (MAP)
  • Candidate: Tahirou BARRY
    • Party: National Rebirth Party / Parti de la Renaissance Nationale (PAREN)
  • Candidate: Roch Marc Christian KABORÉ
    • Party: People’s Movement for Progress / Mouvement du Peuple pour le Progrès (MPP)
  • Candidate: Jean-Baptiste NATAMA
    • Party: Independent
  • Candidate: Saran SÉRÉMÉ
    • Party: Party for Development and Change / Parti pour le Développement et le Changement (PDC)
  • Candidate: François TOÉ
    • Party: Independent
  • Candidate: Issaka ZAMPALIGRÉ
    • Party: Independent
  • Candidate: Adama KANAZOÉ
    • Party: Youth Alliance for Independence and the Republic / Alliance des Jenues pour l’Indépendance et la République (AJIR)
  • Candidate: Bénéwendé S. SANKARA
    • Party: Union for Rebirth – Sankarist Movement / Union pour la Renaissance – Mouvement Sankariste (UNIR/PS)
  • Candidate: Boukaré OUÉDRAOGO
    • Party: Independent
  • Candidate: Salvador YAMÉOGO
    • Party: Rally of Democrats for the Faso / Rassemblement des Démocrates pour le Faso (RDF)

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 18,931,686 (2015 est.)[1]
  • Registered voters: 5,517,015 (2015)[2]

Gender Data:

  • Female Population: 9,465,843 (2015 est.)[3]
  • Is Burkina Faso a signatory to CEDAW: N/A[4]
  • Has Burkina Faso ratified CEDAW: Yes (14 October 1987)[5]
  • Gender Quota:  Yes[6]
  • Female Candidates in this election: Yes
  • Number of Female Legislators: 20 (16%) of 127 seats in the National Assembly[7]
  • Human Development Index (HDI) Position: 181[8]
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: High[9]

Disability Data:

  • Is Burkina Faso a signatory to CRPD: Yes (23 May 2007) [10]
  • Has Burkina Faso ratified CRPD: Yes (23 July 2009)[11]
  • Population with a disability: 2,839,753[12]




[1] https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/uv.html

[2] CENI Fichier Electorale Chiffres

[3] https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/uv.html

[4] https://treaties.un.org/Pages/ViewDetails.aspx?src=TREATY&mtdsg_no=IV-8&chapter=4&lang=en

[5] https://treaties.un.org/Pages/ViewDetails.aspx?src=TREATY&mtdsg_no=IV-8&chapter=4&lang=en

[6] http://www.quotaproject.org/uid/countryview.cfm?country=22

[7] http://www.quotaproject.org/uid/countryview.cfm?country=22

[8] http://hdr.undp.org/en/content/table-1-human-development-index-and-its-components

[9] http://genderindex.org/countries

[10] https://treaties.un.org/Pages/ViewDetails.aspx?src=TREATY&mtdsg_no=iv-15&chapter=4&lang=en

[11] https://treaties.un.org/Pages/ViewDetails.aspx?src=TREATY&mtdsg_no=iv-15&chapter=4&lang=en

[12] http://www.electionaccess.org/en/resources/countries/bf/all/


Election Modified: Aug 02, 2023

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