Local elections in Burundi in 2010 were contested by most of the opposition parties. Only three continued further in the presidential and legislative elections. CNDD-FDD won the elections with approximately 80% of votes in the legislative elections. As a consequence, the political climate became unhealthy and five leaders of the opposition left the country. Currently, several organisations are undertaking initiatives to prepare the upcoming 2015 elections. At the request of Ban Ki-moon, BNUB organises an important workshop on 11-13 March 2013. SRSG Onanga-Anyanga emphasized that the workshop would not only focus on “identifying measures that can help assure a successful organization of the 2015 elections, including ensuring a conducive pre-electoral climate”, but also, and in particular, on “the delicate question of how to address post-electoral disagreements”. There is widespread concern over the fact that “even where an electoral process is considered credible as a whole, the refusal to accept the verdict of the polls can sometimes become one of the main causes of post-electoral crises”.
Owing to the fact that Awepa has been playing an observatory role since 1997 in all electoral processes in this central African country, it has been invited to attend as a special observer. Awepa will be represented by the Political Coordinator of its programme with the Parliament of Burundi.
Read the article on the website of the United Nations Office in Burundi (BNUB).