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MCC joins efforts to minimize election violence in Burundi

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In addition, the peace network has joined Amatora mu Mahora (Elections in Peace), a large national ecumenical network that recruited and trained election-period monitors. Taking a broader view of election monitoring, Amatora's monitors map any incidents of violence and note positive signs of peace.MCC Burundi is a small program, but it has been able to connect local grassroots peace activists- from university peace commissions to elders of village reconciliation councils- with the national efforts of Amatora mu Mahora."In this way, the national network has access to reliable local information and people of integrity in remote corners of the country",' [Rebecca Mosley] says, "and local peacebuilders are empowered to play a role in the national effort to solidify peace in their country."

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									                                                                                                        Canadian Mennonite August 23, 2010                                            21



MCC joins efforts to minimize
election violence in Burundi
By Chad Umble
mennonite Central Committee Release


I  n the African country of Burundi,
   Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)
and its local partners are supporting ef-
                                                 trained more than 200 election observers
                                                 to work at polling stations on the election
                                                 days.
                                                                                                                   peace activists—from university peace
                                                                                                                   commissions to elders of village reconcilia-
                                                                                                                   tion councils—with the national efforts of
forts to monitor voting and election con-            “The presence of election observers may                       Amatora mu Mahora.
flicts, hoping to minimize violence during       actually discourage incidents of election                            “In this way, the national network has
an already tense series of elections this        fraud,” Mosley says, noting that election                         access to reliable local information and
summer.                                          fraud could spark renewed conflicts.                              people of integrity in remote corners of
   The country’s election season started            In addition, the peace network has joined                      the country,” Mosley says, “and local peace-
in late May and will continue through            Amatora mu Mahora (Elections in Peace),                           builders are empowered to play a role in
September, with at least five elections          a large national ecumenical network that                          the national effort to solidify peace in their
scheduled during those months. These             recruited and trained election-period                             country.”
elections are the first since all rebel groups   monitors. Taking a broader view of elec-                             MCC Burundi also is advocating,
laid down their weapons in 2008, officially      tion monitoring, Amatora’s monitors map                           through Amatora mu Mahora, for the
ending Burundi’s 15-year civil war.              any incidents of violence and note positive                       National Election Commission to inter-
   Conflict and violence already have af-        signs of peace.                                                   vene in situations where violence has escal-
fected the first half of the elections. Twelve      MCC Burundi is a small program, but it                         ated. The peace network is offering to pro-
major political parties—who used to be           has been able to connect local grassroots                         vide mediators.
rebel groups during the civil war—contest-
ed the results of the May elections, which
gave 64 percent of the vote to the ruling
party, the National Council for the Defense
of Democracy: Forces for the Defense of             Building BridgeS for 40 yearS
Democracy.
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