[By Selim ALTIN] Turkey has donated $265,000 to Burkina Faso in support of Sunday’s general elections in the West African state, the country’s independent electoral commission announced on its website.
Korkut Tufan, Turkish ambassador to Burkina Faso, handed the aid to Barthelemy Kere, the chairman of Burkina Faso Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI).
Speaking during the ceremony Wednesday at the CENI headquarters in Ouagadougou, Tufan said he came to encourage the electoral commission’s effort to guarantee transparent, free and peaceful elections.
The Turkish diplomat also said that the donation is the support of Turkish people to their “friends and brothers” of Burkina Faso.
He added that he is waiting for the outcome of the elections and the installation of a new government that will initiate many development projects.
CENI chairman thanked the Republic of Turkey for their support and said that the electoral commission is ready for the Nov. 29 poll.
Burkina Faso’s general elections will end the transition established after a popular uprising that ousted President Blaise Compaore in October 2014.
A national election was initially scheduled for Oct. 11 2015 — the country’s first poll since Compaore was toppled one year ago after 27 years in power and replaced by Interim President Michel Kafando.
Burkina Faso’s transition to democracy was shaken, however, by a failed coup attempt on Sept. 16. Kafando was reinstated after being briefly arrested by the coup leaders.
The government set Nov. 29 as the new date for general elections in the country.