Politics

Civil society and religious denominations request CENI to prioritize them

The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) organized this August 23rd, a meeting with leaders of the civil society and religious denominations.
They discussed the establishment of the Independent Provincial Electoral Commission (CEPI) and the Independent Communal Electoral Commission (CECI).

Pierre Claver Kazihise: “Elections concern all Burundians”

Some leaders of the civil society and the religious denominations requested the Independent National Electoral Commission to place a higher priority to them and not to the administrators and politicians.
“We wish that members of CEPI and CECI be chosen from the civil society and religious denominations. Politicians cannot be actors and arbitrators at the same time, “said Jean Bosco Ndereyimana, legal representative of the Burundian Association for Africa.

The Independent National Electoral Commission says that the elections concern all Burundians. For Pierre Claver Kazihise, the commission’s chairman, politicians and members of political parties must all participate in the preparation of the upcoming elections.
“They are all citizens. They must contribute to the preparation for these elections that will be inclusive,” says Kazihise.
On 20 August, the CENI held a meeting with leaders of political parties and governors. The commission’s chairman asked people who will be members of provincial and communal commission to be neutral.
Presidential, parliament and communal council polls are expected to be held on May 20, 2020 according to the electoral timetable presented on June20, 2019.