There are three presidential elections scheduled for this coming October in ECOWAS countries: Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoie, and Guinea. I'll take a look at each one, starting today with Burkina Faso.
Blaise Compaore came to power in 1987 in a deadly coup against his former colleague, Thomas Sankara, who came to power in a 1983 coup (yesterday was the 32nd anniversary of the Revolution) with the help of Compaore. Sankara, by the way, was a super charismatic guy, sometimes called "Africa's Che Guevara." Google his name and you'll find all kinds of cool graphics with quotes and such.
- Eddie Komboigo was selected as the candidate for Compaore's Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP).
- Djibril Bassolé is the candidate for a new party, New Alliance of Faso (NAFA) formed earlier this year by former supporters of Compaore. Bassolé was Compaore's foreign minister (2007-2008, 2011-2014) and chief diplomat. Bassolé's supporters thought he would succeed Campaore.
- Roch Marc Christian Kaboré was president of the CDP party, and then in January last year left the CDP to start his own opposition party, the People's Movement for Progress.
- The Alliance for Democracy and Federation-African Development Rally (ADF-RDA) is the second largest party in the legislature and supported Compaore in the 2005 and 2010 presidential elections. It recently said it would choose a candidate on August 8. But I thought the deadline to file was last Saturday. So I don't get it. Maybe they won't field their own candidate.
- Zéphirin Diabré is the candidate for the CDP's main opposition party, the Union for Progress and Change (UPC). UPC won 19 (of 127) seats in the 2012 elections, positioning it as the 3rd largest party after CDP and its ally, ADF-RDA.
- Bénéwendé Stanislas Sankara, who placed 2nd and 3rd against Compaore in 2005 and 2010, is running again as the candidate for his Sankarist party, Union for Rebirth-Sankarist Movement (UNIR-MS). UNIR-MS is the fourth largest party in the Parliament, with 4 of 127 seats following the 2012 elections.
- Ibrahim Kone is running for PDS/Metba, which has 2 seats in the Parliament.
- Salvador Maurice Yaméogo (second son of the country's first president, Maurice Yaméogo) is running for Rally of Democrats for Faso (RDF). RDF has 1 seat in the Parliament.
- Tahirou Barry is running as candidate for the National Rebirth Party (PAREN), the party of Laurent Bado, who came in 3rd in 2005. In 2012 PAREN lost its only seat in the Parliament.
- Adama Kanazoé for the Alliance of Youth for Independence and the Republic (AJIR) - this seems to me a new party but I'm not sure
- Jean-Baptiste Natama, who was a supporter of Thomas Sankara that didn't join with Compaore, for a "party" that is apparently called Collectif Natama2015
- Ablassé Ouédraogo for Le Faso, which as far as I can tell is also a new party. He served as Compaore's foreign minister from 1994-1999. And as far as I know he's not related to the other Ouedraogos.