Burundian opposition party returns to the electoral process

10:50, July 05, 2010      

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The Union pour le Progrès National (UPRONA), one of the six oppositionparties which pulled its candidates out of the presidential election held on June 28 in Burundi, has announced that it will take part in the election of deputies due on July 23.

In a press conference organised on Saturday, UPRONA Chairman Bonaventure Niyoyankana said the National Assembly needs to be multicoloured to allow all Burundians to feel that they are represented by MPs who have to defend their rights. "We have to participate in the legislative elections because if we keep aside, we will not be of any help to the populations especially those from our party", said Niyoyankana.

He also said that if the UPRONA does not take part in the election of deputies, "It will be hard to participate in the elections due in 2015 since members of the UPRONA will be, by that time, scattered in other parties."

Noyoyankana said participating in the election of MPs means keeping UPRONA members united.

Early in June, six opposition parties pulled out form the June 28 presidential election, alleging massive fraud during the communal elections held on May 24th.

After the country's communal elections whose results were rejected by the opposition, the presidential election followed on June 28 and was won by current ruling party President Pierre Nkurunziza who was the only candidate.

The elections of deputies are due on July 23. The fourth poll will be that of senators due on July 28 this year and the last one is the village-based elections due on Sept 7.

Source: Xinhua


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