The African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) have urged the authorities of Burundi to make sure that the citizens of the country get to cast their votes in a safe and secure environment pertaining to the COVID-19 outbreak as well as the prevalence of violence in the region.
Burundi is to go on polls for the Presidential and local elections on May 20. The AU Commission and the UN Secretariat also called on political parties to abide by the Code of Conduct they signed in December and urged the authorities to implement preventive measures to protect citizens from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) in a joint statement said, “The two organizations encourage all entities involved in organizing the May 20, 2020 elections, the defense and security forces and state-owned media to fully contribute to preserving a stable and peaceful environment, pre-requisite for free, inclusive, fair, transparent and credible elections in Burundi”.
The joint statement added, “They urge all political actors to refrain from all acts of violence and hate speech, and resort to dialogue, to enable the holding of consensual and peaceful elections. They also encourage the Burundian authorities to ensure and facilitate the full participation of women during this electoral process”.