United States Express Concern with Burkina Faso Electoral Code Changes

woman speaking at podiumThe United States notes with concern the National Transitional Council’s passage on April 7 of certain changes to Burkina Faso’s electoral code excluding from candidacy in the upcoming elections any individual who voiced support for a constitutional revision that would have amended presidential term limits in late 2014.  The changes to the code would seem to be inconsistent with the democratic principles of freedom of expression, freedom of association, and free, fair, and peaceful elections.  We urge the transitional government, civil society and other actors who were instrumental in defending these democratic principles to use a coordinated, consensual and inclusive approach in conducting the elections.