A member of the security forces guards a polling station during the presidential and legislative elections in Ouagadougou [Zohra Bensemra/Reuters]

Voters have gone to the polls on Sunday in Burkina Faso for presidential and legislative elections that have been marred by ongoing violence in the landlocked West African nation.

President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has promised to secure the country and is vying for another five years in power against 12 other candidates.

Kabore is expected to win but the opposition hopes to split the vote, depriving him of the 51 percent support needed for an outright victory in the first round. It then plans to form a coalition behind the strongest opposition candidate for the second round of voting.

Campaigning ran alongside

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