Zephirin Diabre came in second place with 29.6 percent of the vote, and Tahirou Barry came in third with 3 percent.Electoral commission president Barthelemy Kere said 60 percent of the country’s 5.5 million registered voters participated in Sunday’s election.Fourteen candidates took part in the elections to replace the transition government set up after President Blaise Compaore was forced into exile in October 2014 after a 27-year rule. The poll, originally scheduled for October, was postponed after a coup by the presidential guard in September. Transitional President Michel Kafando and the prime minister were restored to power after a week, and the guard was disbanded.
Hundreds of supporters gathered Monday night at Kabore’s campaign headquarters as early results showed him likely to win. Diabre joined and congratulated him.
Candidates have seven days to contest the results before the constitutional court finalizes them.
Kabore will be the second civilian president since the country gained independence from France in 1960 and has faced six coups.A new electoral code barred Compaore’s party candidate from running, however the party could have a strong showing in legislative results which could be announced later Tuesday.