2020 elections


“Elections marred by irregularities”

05-20-2020 At least 17 CNL party members have been arrested by the police in Rumonge Province around 11:30 a.m. Nine were arrested in Gatobo locality in Burambi Commune, four downtown Rumonge including a CNL leader in that locality while others were arrested in Mutambara locality. According to Obède Ntakiyiruta, the (...)

2020 Elections: Students not allowed to change voting places

05-20-2020 Pierre Claver Kazihise, chairman of the National Independent electoral commission (CENI) has just announced that students who changed their schools are not allowed to vote. “We called on them to register again but they didn’t”, says Kazihise adding that people allowed to change their voting places are soldiers, police (...)

Delay in opening polling stations in southern Bujumbura

05-20-2020 Voting activities at the polling stations located at Lycée Kanyosha, in Kinanira II neighborhood, in south of the economic capital Bujumbura have begun around 7:30 a.m. This voting center has 13 polling stations and 6,550 voters are expected vote. Voters complain about the delay in starting the voting activities (...)

Burundi goes to the polls

05-20-2020 At least 1109 voters are expected to vote at the polling station located at « Kwi Bubu » Basic School in Musama locality in Kabanga zone of Giheta commune in Gitega Province, this May 20. Evariste Ndayishimiye, the CNDD-FDD ruling party’s presidential candidate and native of this locality is (...)

Security Ministry warns any Burundian not to destabilize security

05-20-2020 In a statement issued on May 18, the Minister of Public Security warns Burundians, especially CNL and Uprona party members that whoever will try to destabilize security during the elections set on May 20 won’t be tolerated. Alain Guillaume Bunyoni, Minister of Public Security has warned whoever will try (...)

Elections to be supervised by international observers based in Burundi

05-14-2020 Pierre Claver Kazihise, Chairman of the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) has said no international observers will be deployed in Burundi to supervise the elections set to take place on May 20 due to the outbreak of COVID-19. At a press conference held in the economic capital Bujumbura this (...)
Human Right

CNIDH urges politicians to ban use of children in political campaign

05-14-2020 A video showing children chanting political slogans has been circulating on social media for the past few days. The National Independent Human Rights Commission (CNIDH) urges politicians to ban children’s participation in political activities. “The involvement of children in politics has negative consequences for society and children’s lives,” says (...)

Police accuse CNL members of disrupting electoral campaign

05-13-2020 The electoral campaign for the next elections scheduled for May 20, 2020 has been taking place across the country for two weeks. “Cases of violence have decreased during the second week of the campaign,” said Pierre Nkurikiye, spokesperson for the Ministry of Public Security at a press conference held (...)

Catholic bishops concerned over political intolerance observed in electoral campaign

05-13-2020 In a statement issued on May 11, Bishop Joachim Ntahondereye, Chairman of the Conference of Burundi Catholic Bishops has said the wrong attitudes displayed by some candidates in the electoral campaign prompt others to political intolerance. “We are particularly concerned over this intolerance that led to confrontations, killings and (...)

People claim to get voting cards one day before deadline expiration

05-12-2020 One day before the end of a one-week extension granted by the Independent National Electoral Commission(CENI) to some citizens to withdraw their voting cards at the offices the of Communal Electoral Commission (CECI), several people deplore that they have not yet received their cards. This chance was given to (...)