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Burundi: July date proposed for presidential polls

Burundi: Electoral commission proposes presidential elections be held on July 15

Burundi: July date proposed for presidential polls

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- Burundi's electoral commission is proposing the delayed presidential elections originally scheduled for late June be held on July 15.

Prosper Ntahorwamiye, a spokesman for Burundi's electoral commission, told The Associated Press Monday that a new electoral schedule had been sent to President Pierre Nkurunziza for his approval.

The commission set June 26 as a possible new date for choosing members of the national assembly, he said, adding that they are now waiting for Nkurunziza to issue a decree either confirming those dates or possibly setting new ones.

Burundi has been hit by political unrest since the announcement on April 25 that Nkurunziza would seek a third term in office, which many see as unconstitutional.

The capital, Bujumbura, has seen almost daily street protests by those calling for the president's exit.

Updated : 2021-09-28 02:40 GMT+08:00