MENUB attends meeting between electoral actors to discuss voters' enrolment

30 Jan 2015

MENUB attends meeting between electoral actors to discuss voters' enrolment

Guy Karema

30 January 2015 - Burundian actors of the ongoing electoral process and partners are gathered in Bujumbura for a 2-day’s workshop to evaluate and discuss on the voter’s enrolment process.

Issaka Souna, Deputy Head of the United Nations Electoral Observation Mission in Burundi (MENUB) attended the opening ceremony of the meeting. MENUB was put in place by Security Council  resolution 2137 as requested by the Burundian Government and will be in charge of following the electoral process in Burundi and report to the Secretary General and the Secretary General to the Security Council before, during and after the 2015 Elections.

According to Pierre Claver Ndayicariye, president of the National Electoral Independent Commission (CENI), the workshop has two specific objectives i.e. "suggest concerted and concrete solutions for a fair electoral list and share the best approach for a partial voter’s enrolment which would take place after the distribution and posting of the provisional electoral list countrywide.  For CENI's president “that dialogue will, for sure, open a highway for shared vision towards the 2015 elections”.

The workshop brings together members of the Government, including  the Minister of Interior and representatives of the President Cabinet, representatives from political parties, civil society organizations, governors, religious leaders and representatives of the Diplomatic corps.

Participants discussions focus on the voter's enrolment process conducted last year including irregularities which were noticed during the process and try to identify legal solutions to come up with a more reliable electoral list.