European Union External Action

EU election observation mission to Burundi in 2010

25/05/2010 - 16:53
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At the invitation of the Government of Burundi, the European Union established a mission to observe the municipal, presidential and legislative elections there on 21 May, 28 June and 23 July, and to analyse the senatorial and regional elections on 28 July and 7 September 2010.

The municipal elections were mostly open and inclusive. The subsequent elections were held in a climate of political blockade and an increasingly insecure climate with a large number of politically motivated arrests. Renate Weber, Member of the European Parliament, was Chief Observer.

The observers were deployed throughout the country. They met government and electoral officials, candidates and political parties, civil society representatives and the media.