Burundi vote to choose new president in the midst of COVID-19

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Voters in Burundi today Wednesday May 20 are voting to choose the country’s new president, members of parliament and local officials in a key general election, the country’s is being tempered by the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

This year’s election marks the country’s first step in moving away from President Pierre Nkurunziza’s 15-year reign, which has been marred by allegations of human rights abuses, and his controversial decision to seek a third term five years ago. His third term propelled the country into an economic crisis.

More than five million people are eligible to cast ballots. Seven candidates are vying to succeed President Pierre Nkurunziza who is stepping down after 15 years in power. There are real issues concerning this election. First, the polls are taking place despite the coronavirus pandemic. And most of the polls would be held behind closed doors.

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Countries all over the world who will be voting this year will face the challenge of the outbreak of COVID-19, some people are calling for the countries to postponed the election while majority are also calling for the election to go on despite the COVID-19, with following the appropriate protocols the election has to go on. Ghana, one of the peaceful countries in Africa and the world will also go into the polls in December, 2020.

The 2020 election is characterized by many debates whereby the EC intends to compile a new voter’s register. Majority of Ghanaians including the biggest opposition party NDC are opposing the EC’s view of the compilation of the new voter’s register.

Source: emerginonline.com

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