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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Burundi to raise money from citizens to conduct 2020 election

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BUJUMBURA (CALIPHATE) - The government of Burundi plans to raise money for 2020 general election by deducting part of civil servants’ salaries and taking contributions directly from citizens, Pascal Barandagiye, the minister for interior, said the government will also be seeking contributions from every household, which will pay up to 2000 francs ($1.14) a year.

 “The total amount of the election cost is not yet known ... But as soon as the needed fund is got the fundraising campaign will be halted,” Barandagiye told a news conference. “That contribution should be given voluntarily; it shouldn’t be seen as a head tax.”
Students of voting age will contribute 1000 francs annually. Civil servants will contribute at least a tenth of their monthly salaries, Barandagiye said. Foreign help would also be accepted, he said. 
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Burundi President,Pierre Nkurunziza

Prior to 2015, funds for Burundi elections were mostly foreign aids but most donors have suspended their assistance since a political crisis erupted when the incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza sought and won a third term.

Burundi is a landlocked country in the African Great Lakes region of East Africa, bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and south, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the wes a country with gross national income per capita stood at $280 in 2016, and close to 65 percent of the population live below the poverty line, according to World Bank data.

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