2020 Elections: AU and UN urge Burundi to provide safe and secure environment

In a joint security statement issued on May 17, the African Union Commission and the Secretariat of the United Nations say they are concerned over reports of intimidation and violent clashes between supporters of opposing sides.

A Burundian casting a vote in the previous elections

They call on the Burundian authorities to provide a safe and secure environment “to allow Burundians to exercise their political and civil rights in tolerance, peace and mutual acceptance”.

In that statement, the two organizations encourage all groups involved in organizing the May 20 elections, the defense and security forces and state-owned media to fully contribute to preserving a stable and peaceful environment which is a pre-requisite for free, inclusive, fair, transparent and credible elections in Burundi.

“We urge political actors to refrain from all acts of violence and hate speech and resort to dialogue to enable the holding of consensual and peaceful elections,” they say.
All political parties must abide by the code of conduct to preserve peace, security and stability in Burundi, reads the statement.

On May 20, over 5 millions of Burundians will go to the polls to vote for the president, MPs and members of communal councils.

Seven candidates are running for presidential. They are namely Evariste Ndayishimiye for ruling CNDD-FDD party, Gaston Sindimwo for UPRONA party, Agathon Rwasa for CNL party, Domitien Ndayizeye for Kira Burundi Coalition, Léonce Ngendakumana for Sahwanya FRODEBU party and two independent candidates namely Francis Rohero and Dieudonné Nahimana.