Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza on Tuesday urged citizens to report to voter registration centers before the deadline of Feb. 17.
"I invite citizens with the voting age to go quickly to registration centers before the expiry of the deadline," Nkurunziza said after registering for the forthcoming constitutional referendum due in May, and the 2020 general elections, at his native village in northern Burundi.
"We should not waste time," Nkurunziza said.
Speaking at a press conference in the Burundian capital Bujumbura on Tuesday, the chairman of the Burundian National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI), Pierre Claver Ndayicariye, said the ongoing voter registration operation is "satisfactory."
At least 56 percent of expected voters had registered as of Monday afternoon, said Ndayicariye.
CENI projected that over 4.45 million voters will participate in the elections, said Ndayicariye. According to him, over 2.5 million citizens have registered so far.
A 10-day combined registration of voters started last week on Feb. 8 and will be concluded on Feb. 17.
After registering, citizens are given receipts that will allow them to get voter cards.
In may, voters will be voting on a draft constitution that extends the presidential term from five years provided for in the 2005 constitution to seven years and allows the president to serve two consecutive terms.
The draft amendment also provides for the creation of a post of a prime minister and only one vice-president, whereas the 2005 constitution provided for two vice-presidents.