Burkinabe President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré launched his campaign Thursday in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso's second largest city, promising "peace" in a country undermined by jihadist attacks over the past five years.
This event which was originally scheduled for 31 October was postponed due to the death of President Kaboré's father on October 27.
Twelve other candidates are in the running for the election, which is taking place despite jihadist violence that has continued to escalate over the past five years, leaving more than 1,200 dead and more than one million displaced.
Kaboré told the 25,000 supporters gathered at the Sangoulé Lamizana stadium that the government of Burkina Faso will continue to lead the fight until the country has peace.
The national campaign director and president of the People's Movement for Progress, Simon Compaoré, asked the activists to mobilize for a victory in the first round.
The November 22 presidential poll is announced as the most open since the fall of President Blaise Compaoré, ousted by a popular uprising in 2014, after 27 years of rule.