May 17 – Onward of presidential and local elections in Burundi that will take place next 20th May, the African Union (AU) Commission and the United Nations (UN) strongly recommended the authorities to provide a safe and secure environment for citizens for their voting.
According to a statement issued by AU and UN today, they have been following the electoral campaign and concerned about reports that, possibly there will be violent clashes between supporters and oppositions. UN Commission has also inquired and alarmed over human rights abuses during this election session. Between, AU and UN have also deeply regretted on the Burundi government over to expel four official staffs of the World Health Organization from the country.
“The two Organizations encourage all entities involved in organizing the 20 May 2020 elections, the defence and security forces and state-owned media to fully contribute to preserving a stable and peaceful environment, pre-requisite for free, inclusive, fair, transparent and credible elections in Burundi,”. “They urge all political actors to refrain from all acts of violence and hate speech, and resort to dialogue, to enable the holding of consensual and peaceful elections. They also encourage the Burundian authorities to ensure and facilitate the full participation of women during this electoral process”. the statement said.
The AU Commission and the UN Secretariat also visit to convince the political parties to obey the Code of Conduct which they had signed in December 2019. East African country authorities were also strongly recommended to implement preventive measures to protect citizens from the COVID-19 during the election.