2020 elections


Cendajuru/Busoni – Political intolerance: A worrying phenomenon

03-23-2020 Two houses of members of the National Congress for Liberty (CNL) were burned down in Gashirwe area of Cendajuru commune in Cankuzo province. The Imbonerakure youth and an MP of the ruling CNDD-FDD are said to be behind that. The Imbonerakure are also accused of having burnt down a (...)

Constitutional Court approves candidacy of Ndayizeye for presidential race

03-20-2020 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. However, two other candidacy files were invalidated namely those of Anicet Niyonkuru representing CDP party and (...)

CENI rejects four presidential candidates

03-11-2020 Out of 10 presidential candidacy files, four don’t meet the required conditions. The rejected candidates say they will appeal to the Constitutional Court. They are Jacques Bigirimana, presidential candidate for FNL party, Anicet Niyonkuru for CDP party, Valentin Kavakure for FPN-Imboneza party and former President Domitien Ndayizeye for Kira (...)

Last presidential candidates submit required documents

03-06-2020 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 (...)

2020 elections will be smooth, ruling party boss reassures

02-26-2020 Evariste Ndayishimiye, Secretary General of the ruling party CNDD-FDD and presidential candidate for the forthcoming elections has submitted this 25 February his file to the office of the National electoral commission (CENI). He has also submitted the files of CNDD-FDD candidates for the legislative elections. The electoral commission announced (...)
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Political parties and independent candidates align on ballot paper

02-19-2020 At least seventeen political parties, one coalition and nine independent candidates for this year’s elections have participated in the draw for the serial numbers of the badges to be put on the ballot paper for the 2020 elections this February 18. Pierre Claver Kazihise, Chairman of the National Independent (...)

REACTIONS: “International support for press freedom in Burundi is real”

01-16-2020 The European Parliament today adopted a resolution condemning the continuing deterioration of the human rights situation in Burundi in the run-up to the May 2020 elections. Parliamentarians have called for the release of Iwacu journalists. Tom Gibson of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) welcomes the resolution. How did (...)

CFWIJ pleads for acquittal of two Burundian female journalists

01-10-2020 In a statement issued on 9 January, the Coalition for Women in Journalism (CFWIJ) expressed its concern over the charges against two female journalists detained with their male colleague since 22 October 2020. “The Coalition For Women in Journalism is concerned about the charges made against Burundi journalists Agnès (...)

Politicians disagree on end of voters’ registration process

12-31-2019 The National Independent Electoral Commission-CENI has indicated that there is no additional time for the voters’ registration for the 2020 elections. However, some politicians are still asking for it though others are satisfied. Anicet Niyonkuru, chairman of CDP party deplores the measure taken by the National Independent Electoral Commission (...)

Political parties in Rumonge province plead for release of their representatives

12-27-2019 A few days after the detention of some political representatives accused of having torpedoed the partial registration process of voters in Rumonge province, the political parties to which they belong demand their release. Four political representatives including three CNL party members and one from UPRONA party were arrested two (...)