Burundi’s Foreign Ministry says the Electoral Commission is unable to organise voting for Burundians living abroad because of the coronavirus pandemic.
A letter to Burundi’s Embassies, stated that it is not be possible for the electoral commission to reach embassies for elections.
Several Burundians in the diaspora said this is a violation of their rights, and are determined to find a solution.
About 13,000 citizens living abroad had registered to vote in presidential and parliamentarians polls scheduled for 20 May.
Burundian officials recently said they hope the Covid-19 outbreak will not affect the election calendar. Five people are reported to have contracted the virus in the country, one of whom died.
In another development, Tunisia’s Interior Ministry says t two men, including a suspected terrorist have been arrested over an alleged plot to infect members of the security forces with coronavirus.
It added that the terrorists recently released from prison had tried to encourage those who might have the virus to cough on police and security officials.