Australia will support Burundi’s elections with a 500,000 Australian dollar (USD447,963) contribution. The nation’s presidential, parliamentary and local elections are to be held between May and September. The financing will back the organization of the elections, logistics and security, civil education, media coverage, and women’s participation in the electoral process. Top United Nations envoy in Burundi Charles Petrie is hopeful that the upcoming elections will allow the Central African nation to set an “extraordinary example of political maturity” following decades of ethnic war. Petrie reiterated continued and close U.N. engagement to ensure that the polls are not marred by violence and intimidation.

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.