Burkina Faso to Add 3 Million Voters to Roll Before Election

Burkina Faso began to enroll new voters on Tuesday with a target of adding 3 million people to the list of those registered to cast a ballot in October elections.

The number of elegible voters would rise to more than 8 million, electoral commission spokesman Boris Edson Yameogo said by phone from the town of Kaya, during a ceremony to hand out the first new voting card. Registration closes on May 18.

Presidential and parliamentary elections on Oct. 11 will be the first since nationwide protests last year ousted former President Blaise Compaore, who ruled Africa’s fourth-biggest gold producer for 27 years.

Previous polls were marred by low voter registration and turnout, according to the Washington-based National Democratic Institute. About half of the 3.2 million eligible voters participated in 2010 presidential elections, according to NDI.

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