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27 avr. 2020 | 09h38 UTC

Burundi: Electoral campaign scheduled for April 27 to May 17 /update 1

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Candidates start campaign for presidential, legislative, and communal elections as of April 27; heightened security measures at related political events expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/3/2020, 12h00 until 20/5/2020, 11h59 (Africa/Bujumbura). COUNTRY/REGION Burundi

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The campaign period for Burundi's upcoming presidential, legislative, and communal elections, scheduled for Wednesday, May 20, officially began on Monday, April 27, and will last until Sunday, May 17.

A total of seven candidates will run for president for the first round of presidential elections. A second round of presidential elections will be held on Friday, June 19, should presidential candidates fail to obtain a majority.

An increase in political events and election-related violence is possible in the near term, despite the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The UN has warned that human rights abuses may increase in the weeks leading up to the vote.


Political violence persists throughout Burundi since the country's contested July 2015 elections. President Pierre Nkurunziza was elected to a controversial third term in 2015 even though Burundian law stipulated a maximum presidential tenure of two five-year terms prior to a referendum Nkurunziza organized. During the 2015 elections, an estimated 1200 people were killed and over 400,000 displaced.

The main opposition party, the National Congress for Liberty (CNL), has confirmed that Agathon Rwasa will be their candidate in the election. Rwasa previously ran against Nkurunziza in 2010 and 2015. Since his candidacy was confirmed, Rwasa has issued multiple claims that there will be attempts to rig the vote in favor of the ruling CNDD-FDD party. The CNDD-FDD has selected the party's current Secretary-General, Evariste Ndayishimiye, to be their candidate.

The vote will be the first since a new Constitution was adopted in May 2018, extending the presidential term from five to seven years.


Individuals in Burundi are advised to keep abreast of the political situation, avoid all public demonstrations and election-related events as a precaution, avoid discussing sensitive political topics in public, and obey all instructions issued by the local authorities.


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