By Prosper Makene, in Bujumbura
THE Burundi’s National Independent Electoral Commission (CEN) has assured a free and fair election as citizens will vote for a Yes or No tomorrow, a move that will give room of many aspects to be included on their constitution.
Speaking with reporters from around East Africa in Bujumbura on Wednesday evening, CEN President Amb. Pierre Ndayicariye said everything had already been set for the election.
Amb. Ndayicariye said: “We expect to see Burundians vote in peaceful way as well as respecting the law as the move to prove that democracy in Burundi has improved.”
He added: “We also expect to announce the results as quickly as possible shortly after the voting exercise. We will implement manual way of counting votes and not electronic to avoid hackers.”
The Chief Electoral revealed the number of voters who have registered for voting as more than 4.76 million with 11,076 polling stations across the country.
“We thank the media, political parties and civil organisations who have done an extremely work to educate citizens on the importance of Yes and No vote, therefore we expect the peaceful election,” he said.
Salima Ismail, a resident of Zone Cibitoke said: “We will go for voting tomorrow very early in the morning to bring changes in our constitution that will enhance developments in our country.”
Salima Ismail (Right) in an interview with journalists on Wednesday
However, Burundi ended a two-week campaign for voting Yes or No referendum on Tuesday that if passed, among aspects that will be amended is the President’s post duration to be extended to 7 years from the 5 years.
The campaign ended with thousands of Burundians attended the climax at the horse park in Bujumbura declared to go for voting tomorrow.