Politics

“No foreign observers for upcoming referendum so far”, says CENI

Prosper Ntahorwamiye, Communication Commissioner at the National Independent Electoral Commission-CENI has said the commission is still waiting for the lists of international observers. “CENI hasn’t so far got the list of international organizations that wish to monitor this referendum and this is done through diplomatic missions,” says Ntahorwamiye.

International observers were sent to monitor the conduct of the 2015 elections in Burundi

International observers were sent to monitor the conduct of the 2015 elections in Burundi

He says the electoral commission has received 1,189 local observers from 39 civil society organizations that demanded and were allowed to oversee the referendum scheduled for May 17.
“The provincial electoral commissions-CEPI are also giving accreditations to those who want to be observers at the local level,” he says.

The communication commissioner says the accreditation is also provided to representatives of political parties which have registered with the National Electoral Commission to run the campaign for the constitutional referendum.

The number of people expected to vote throughout the country is 4, 768,142. The withdrawal of voting cards will start from 9 to 13 May. The commission’s agents who will be in charge of distributing them will be present in the voting centers from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Voters will bring their identity cards and registration papers to get their cards. “Even those who have lost their registration papers will have their cards because they are already registered,” says Ntahorwamiye.

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