The Burundi Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) calls on political party leaders to avoid violent language for the next 2020 elections and promote a state of calm before them.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) organized from March 12 to 13, 2019, at the Hotel Source du Nil, a national workshop for strengthening culture democratically in collaboration with its
partners or their representatives in the goal of getting well prepared for 2020 elections.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) holds a workshop under the theme “Strengthening Democratic Culture“.
In his opening speech, the President of the CENI, Dr. Pierre Claver Kazihise, evoked that next elections in 2020 will be the first to be organized according to the new constitution of May 2018.
He indicated that the objective of the workshop is to strengthen capacity in a democratic culture. This allows people, politicians, and everyone to be able to revitalize, to remember, to discuss with the members of the CENI on the questions of the democracy, he added.
Democracy has its foundation on the human right, Kazihise said, inviting participants to the workshop to understand this concept so that the elections take place in peace and serenity.
‘Avoid hate speech before elections’.
On communication, the president of the CENI called on political party leaders to avoid violating language. He advised them to use constructive communication during the process electoral.
He also urged participants to contribute positively to the success of the elections. The president of the CENI, who asks the population to contact the CENI whenever there is misunderstanding asked by political party leaders to properly coach their members in showing what is prohibited and allowed during the electoral process.
Mr. Kazihise said that the electoral code is being drafted and that it has been subjected to the parliament for approval.
The CENI has already given its technical contribution, Kazihise said, taking advantage of this opportunity to invite politicians who still have contributions to the electoral code to be implemented to send them to MPs or Senators because there is still time.
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