The United Nations Electoral Observation Mission in Burundi (MENUB) officially started its operations in the country on January 1st 2015, as stated in Security Council resolution 2137 (2014). The mission was deployed in order to monitor the electoral process and inform the United Nations Secretary-General.
MENUB is headed by the Secretary-General Special Envoy, Mr. Cassam Uteem former President of Mauritius. The Deputy Head of MENUB is Mr. Issaka Souna of Niger. Both have been appointed by the Secretary-General on 10 November 2014.
The Mission was set up at the request of the Government of Burundi and will report on the electoral process in the country which will organize five polls in a four-month period between May and September. The elections start with the legislatives and communes on 26 May 2015. The first round of the presidential is scheduled for 23 June and, if necessary, a run-off on 27 July. On 17 July, Burundian voters elect senator and the cycle ends on 24 August with the holding of local elections (hills and districts councils).