BUJUMBURA July 13th (ABP) – The new electoral code enacted by Burundi Head of State Pierre Nkurunziza on May 20, 2019 provides that a recourse against registration or omission on the electoral role may be submitted to the Independent Communal Electoral Commission (CECI); after reviewing article 22 of that new Burundian electoral law, a check by Burundi News Agency (ABP) has revealed.

The recourse may be brought by anyone, including political parties, political party coalitions and independent candidates by making a request to the Chairperson of CECI, must reserve copies to the Independent Provincial Electoral Commission (CEPI) and to the person responsible for the registration center. The CECI rules within three calendar days with regard to its referral.

In addition, according to paragraph 3 of Article 23 of the Code, the unsatisfied applicant has the right to appeal to CEPI within two calendar days of service of the decision. CEPI makes its final decision within three calendar days following its referral.

According to the meaning of the said decision, a rectification of the electoral role is immediately effected by supplementary registration, deletion or annotation.

According to Article 24 of that Electoral Code, as soon as the electoral role is definitively closed, the Chairperson of CEPI sends copies of the minutes to the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI).

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