Election Stakeholders Sign Charter of Non-Violence

10 Mar 2015

Election Stakeholders Sign Charter of Non-Violence

Vladimir Monteiro

On Monday 9 March, Burundian election stakeholders including the Government, the Electoral commission (CENI), representatives of political parties, youth organizations and civil society signed a Charter of Non-Violence, committing to peace before, during, and after the elections. The signature was the main outcome of a meeting co-chaired Minister of Interior, Edouard Nduwimana, and the United Nations Special Envoy and Head of the United Nations Election Observation Mission in Burundi (MENUB), Cassam Uteem.

Special Envoy Uteem expressed the wish of the United Nations to contribute to peaceful elections and proposed a Charter of Non-Violence, ensuring that signatories commit to peace before, during, and after the elections.  He recognized the existence of similar documents that had been adopted before, but added that the Charter strengthens existing documents by addressing the post-election period.

The Minister of Interior recalled the Government's will to organize peaceful and transparent elections and invited all stakeholders to respect current laws and ruling institutions. He further reminded that the meeting falls under the framework of previous meetings which intended to strengthen trust among stakeholders in the electoral process and increase its credibility.