The government of Burkina Faso announced on Wednesday, February 5, that presidential and legislative elections will be held on Sunday, November 22.
Political rallies and associated gatherings are likely in the days leading up to the vote. A heightened security presence is expected at any election-related event.
The elections come amid a heightened terror threat across the country. Burkina Faso declared a state of emergency in the country's border regions on January 1. Initially concentrated in the Sahel region, attacks have spread across other areas, and educational institutions, local government officials, and security forces are frequently targeted.
Individuals in Burkina Faso are advised to monitor developments, avoid all political rallies and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
Due to severe threats of terrorism and kidnapping, individuals present in Burkina Faso - including the capital Ouagadougou - are strongly advised to be discreet regarding personal details, particularly information concerning nationality, employment, family, etc. Individuals are also advised to avoid public events and places frequented by Westerners, to remain vigilant at all times, and to report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities.
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