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The Burundian National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) Wednesday extended the period for applications submission for the communal and legislative elections — the first polls in the country’s upcoming elections, the CENI chairman told a press conference. elections
“We have decided to extend the period for submission of applications for the communal and legislative elections because in many provinces, no applications for the communal elections have been submitted to the Provincial Independent Electoral Commissions (CEPI) while the deadline for applications submission was today (Wednesday) at 09:30 local time,” said Pierre Claver Ndayicariye, Chairman of the Burundian National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI).
He indicated that until 09:30 in the morning, out of Burundi’s 18 provinces, the Provincial Independent Electoral Commissions (CEPI) in nine provinces including Cankuzo, Karusi, Kayanza, Muramvya, Muyinga, Rumonge, Ruyigi, Rutana, and Bujumbura Municipality had received no applications for communal elections.
Earlier, the submission of applications for communal elections had been set from March 30 to April 8.
“The submission of applications for communal elections has now been extended up to April 11 at 17:30 local time,” said CENI Chairman Pierre Claver Ndayicariye.
The east African country’s ruling party, the National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) has however sent applications for communal elections to several provinces.
With regards to legislative elections, Ndayicariye also indicated that “no applications have so far been submitted” to the CENI while the period of submission of applications to the CENI is from March 30 to April 13.
He said, “The submission of applications for legislative elections has also been extended of three more days, that is, up to April 16 at 17:30 local time.”
“We have extended the period for submission of applications for the communal and legislative elections in order to contribute, in an efficient manner, to democratic, inclusive, peaceful and transparent elections,” said Ndayicariye.
He called on political parties, coalitions of political parties and independent candidates to submit their distinctive signs to the CENI no later than April 11.
Political parties, especially those of the opposition had been complaining that the CENI is urging them to provide several documents so that applications can be accepted.
Burundi is to hold this year general elections between May and September, with the first poll that will combine communal and legislative elections to be held on May 26.The presidential election in the east African nation is due on June 26. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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