Constitutional Court approves candidacy of Ndayizeye for presidential race

The Constitutional Court ruled on 19 March that only the candidacy of Former President Domitien Ndayizeye was accepted to run for the presidential election set on May 20. He will represent Kira-Burundi coalition.

Former President Domitien Ndayizeye accepted by the Constitutional Court to run for the presidential race set on May 20

However, two other candidacy files were invalidated namely those of Anicet Niyonkuru representing CDP party and Valentin Kavakure representing FPN-Imboneza party.

The National Independent Electoral Commission accused them of not meeting legal requirements. The allegations include the submission of a declaration of nationality non-conformity, lack of enough sponsors that are less than 200 people, incomplete sponsors’ files and suspicious signatures on some documents…

Anicet Niyonkuru, chairman of CDP party has said he respects the verdict. “I respect it but the legality is unfair”, he says adding that the electoral body has announced them the decision with a delay and the Court didn’t take it into account.

As for Aloys Baricako, Chairman of Kira Burundi coalition, the constitutional court reads the law. “The electoral body wouldn’t have rejected our file arguing that it is incomplete”, he said. According to him, there is hope that the elections will be well organized following the decision rendered by the Constitutional Court.

On 10 March, four presidential candidates were rejected by the National Independent Electoral Commission namely Domitien Ndayizeye, Anicet Ndayizeye, Valentin Kavakure and Jacques Bigirimana representing FNL party.