Burundian gov’t postpones communal and legislative elections, mum on presidential election calendar

Burundi Government Spokesman, Willy Nyamitwe

Burundi Government Spokesman, Willy Nyamitwe

The communal and parliamentary electoral polls that were expected take place this Friday have been postponed following a recommendation of the East African Heads of State in their extraordinary Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania last Sunday.

This is the second postponement of the polls which were previously slated for May 26, before being delayed for 10 days.

Willy Nyamitwe, the spokesperson of the President’s Office, says the government has decided to postpone this election in respect of the recommendations of the regional leaders.

“Elections that were due to this Friday have been cancelled as a response to the recommendations made by the East African Heads of State, which the Government of Burundi has positively welcomed.” Mr. Nyamitwe.

However, the president’s spokesperson did not give further details on the new electoral calendar. He said new dates will be announced by the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI).

The president’s spokesman also did not say whether or the presidential election scheduled for June 26 will still be held.

Meanwhile, anti-third term protests continued Wednesday, in and outside Bujumbura. Police battled furious protestors trying to disperse them.

Tuesday night, gun shots and grenade detonations were heard in the northern commune of Buterere in the capital Bujumbura. A grenade was thrown inside a house owned by an opposition militant, killing a man and injuring his 4-year old child. The attack was blamed on the Imbonerakure youth militia of the ruling party CNDD-FDD.

  • Kenyan

    This is a decision in the right direction for Burundi. The elephant in the room remains sad term by president.