EISA Burundi: Conflict management


Conflict data reporting

On 31 August, EISA presented a synthesis report compiled from the data received from mediators to local stakeholders, including the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI), local authorities, media representatives and civil society organisations.

The report identified types of conflict, the geographic areas where conflict took place, as well as the parties involved. The data were interpreted and synthesised into a consolidated report. The report drew considerable interest from the participants. Amongst other comments, the former CENI president noted that Conflict Management Panels (CMPs) played an important role in minimising election conflict and suggested that they should be introduced at the beginning of the electoral process as this would have an even stronger impact. He also proposed that the report prepared by EISA should be broadly publicised to show its impact on the elections.

Mediator training

108 mediators were identified and trained in the EISA Elections, Democracy and Conflict Management Programme. EISA mediators were selected with the help of partner organisations and drawn from four provinces including Bujumbura city, Bujumbura Rural, Gitega and Ngozi. Mediators were selected on the basis of their standing in the community, impartiality and availability.

EISA, in support of its objective to develop local capacity, initially trained ten trainers who in turn, with EISA support, trained the 108 mediators.

Conflict management panels

Given the tense environment within which the Burundi elections took place, EISA, in consultation with the CENI and CSOs, established Conflict Management Panels based on the EISA Conflict Management Panel model.