Burundi and the European Union (EU) on Tuesday signed an agreement for monitoring the country’s 2015 general elections.
The agreement was signed in Bujumbura by Burundi’s Minister for External Relations and International Cooperation Laurent Kavakure and the head of EU delegation to Burundi Patrick Spirlet.
“It is not a funding agreement or a cooperation document, but this time it is an agreement on cooperation on a purely political matter,” Kavakure said.
The Burundian government has asked the EU to send to Burundi a team of observers to monitor the conduct of this year’s general elections in Burundi.
Kavakure said the government expects that the 80 EU election observers who will arrive in Burundi within the next two weeks will conform to international standards guiding their mission.
In the agreement, the government committed to facilitate the work of the EU observer mission by providing security, allowing them free movement across the country and allowing them to have access to parties taking part in the elections.
Spirlet revealed that out of the 8 million euros that EU had promised to provide to support Burundi’s electoral process in 2015, 80 percent has already been disbursed.
On May 26, Burundi will organize double elections; those of the members of parliament and those of municipal councillors. Presidential elections will be held on June 26, 2015. Enditem