Thursday, May 21, 2020

Burundi's Election

Burundi's elections fails to be free and credible.

A general election is underway on Wednesday in the East African nation of Burundi, where President Pierre Nkurunziza is stepping aside after 15 years of rule that has seen massive repression of opposition politicians, civil society and independent media.

Burundians will choose a new president, parliamentarians and local councillors in the elections, which are being held without regional or international election observers.
Doudou Diene, president of the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi at OHCHR, the United Nations body mandated to promote and protect human rights, explained, "So what we have documented is that the conditions - the debate and the democratic factors - necessary to perform a credible and a free elections are not met accurately in Burundi. This is why we are letting the international community know about this situation."

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