CENI calls on electoral partners to get ready for constitutional referendum

In a meeting with electoral partners this March 20, 2018, the National Independent Electoral Commission-CENI called on the political parties, coalitions and independents to get ready for the registration as observers and propagandists for or against the upcoming constitutional referendum.

Pierre Claver Ndayicariye: “Less than two months ahead to get to the due date, get ready”

Pierre Claver Ndayicariye: “Less than two months ahead to get to the due date, get ready”

“There remain less than two months to get to the due date, which is May 17th 2018. For political actors and independents recognized by the law who wish to preach for or against the referendum, they have to register from 23 March till 06 April, 2018,” says Pierre Claver Ndayicariye, CENI chairman.

Ndayicariye says whoever will not have registered within the set dates will not be allowed to run a campaign teaching the population what they should vote. “Nobody will hold a campaign without CENI approval”.

He says the campaign for or against the referendum will be announced by a presidential decree which will be issued at the latest on April 24th or 25th.

He also says political actors will be given a sample of the election ballot for the constitutional referendum so as to easily illustrate it to their followers. “There are ‘specimen’ which will be given to political actors who will have registered. The former will help them explain to the voters depending on what they will teach them to vote.”He says.

For political parties and organizations that would like to be observers, Ndayicariye says they should be ready as well. “Those who wish to get accreditations as observers and political representatives will register from April 15 to April 30, 2018” he says.

Ndayicariye calls on those partners to follow the commission’s instructions so as to facilitate the ongoing process towards the constitutional referendum.