Last presidential candidates submit required documents

Léonce Ngendakumana for Sahwanya Frodebu party, Domitien Ndayizeye for Kira Burundi Coalition , Valentin Kavakure for FPN-Imboneza party and Anicet Niyonkuru for CDP party have submitted, this 5 March, the required documents to the National Independent Electoral Commission[CENI] to run for the presidential election set on May 20.

Léonce Ngendakumana, one of the presidential candidates, who gives the required documents to CENI

Léonce Ngendakumana has indicated that Sahwanya Frodebu Party didn’t participate in the elections twice and got lessons. “We have decided to participate in the whole electoral process and will work with all stakeholders to appreciate the process”, he said adding that Sahwanya Frodebu party wishes a transparent, inclusive, free and fair election.

He also added that it will not be easy to succeed due to the lack of democratic and parliamentary principles in Burundi. “Electoral periods are often characterized by tensions and crimes. It’s high time we changed”, he said. He called on the government, public institutions, religious denominations and the population to refer to the bad experience of the past to prepare well the 2020 elections. “CENI must work hard to achieve the electoral process”, he says.

Meanwhile, Keffa Nibizi, chairman of Sahwanya Frodebu Nyakuri and presidential candidate withdrew from the race. He says there are some irregularities and solutions should be found before the 2020 elections. “We want to be prepared for a democratic government with a Prime Minister and parliament reforms”, he said.

Up to 5 March, eight presidential candidates have submitted the required documents to CENI. Others are Evariste Ndayishimiye for the CNDD-FDD ruling party, Gaston Sindimwo for Uprona Party, Agathon Rwasa for CNL party, two independent candidates including Francis Rohero and Dieudonné Nahimana.