Bujumbura, Burundi – Almost 60 parliamentarians, parliamentary staff and journalists from Burundi attended a national conference “Upholding democratic rights during election” on 26 June 2014. The conference was organised by the National Assembly of Burundi in collaboration with AWEPA. Representatives of three main Burundian political parties filled most of the ranks: Conseil National pour la Défense de la Démocratie – Forces de Défense de la Démocratie (CNDD-FDD, presidential party), Parti de l’Union pour le Progrès National (UPRONA, former single party) and Front pour la Démocratie au Burundi (FRODEBU-NYAKURI).
The conference encouraged participants to continue engaging in dialogue and to respect democratic principles in all phases of the electoral process, with a view to ensuring free, credible and peaceful national elections in 2015. The importance of respecting civil and political rights and to reject all forms of violence in the conduct of political activities was highlighted. In addition, Mr. Terence Mbonabuca, an international consultant, exposed lessons learned from the violent incidents occurred during the latest elections held in Burundi, in 2010.