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Burundi holds senatorial poll without opposition

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At least 1,785 members of the Burundian communal councils that were elected on June 29 went to polls at chief towns of the east African country’s 18 provinces to elect 43 senators.

Burundis President Pierre Nkurunziza
Burundis President Pierre Nkurunziza
“The election of senators is taking place today (Friday) at all chief towns of provinces. The election involves 1,785 members from all the 119 communal councils countrywide and they are supposed to elect 43 senators,” said Pierre Claver Ndayicariye, chairman of the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI).

According to Ndayicariye, each of the Burundi’s 18 provinces will have 2 senators — a Hutu and a Tutsi, plus four former heads of state and three from the Batwa minority group who will be co-opted.

The Burundian constitution provides that former heads of state become automatically senators during their lifetime.

Three parties including the National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) ruling party, the Union for National Progress (UPRONA) and the National Liberation Forces (FNL) and the Coalition of a Participatory Opposition (COPA) are competing for the 43 seats.

The two parties — UPRONA and FNL — as well as the COPA coalition are allies of the ruling party (CNDD-FDD).
The CNDD-FDD is the only competitor running in all the country’s 18 provinces.

During the communal elections held on June 29, the CNDD-FDD got most councilors.

The second was the Burundians’ Hope Independent main opposition coalition led by Agathon Rwasa and the third one was the UPRONA.

However, the Burundians’Hope Independent main opposition coalition rejected the polls results, arguing that it had not participated in the elections and that it had called on its members to boycott the polls. Enditem

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