EACJ’S SHORT RULLING ON THE LEGALITY OF THE DECISION REACHED BY THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT OF BURUNDI WHICH ALLOWED PRESIDENT NKURUNZIZA TO RUN FOR A THIRD TERM IN ELECTIONS.

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Monday 6 July 2015, the Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) together with the East African Civil Society Organisations’ Forum(EACSOF) filed an application at the East African Court of Justice. The purpose of this application is to obtain a ruling from the East African Court of Justice on the legality of the decision reached by the Constitutional Court of Burundi on 5th May 2015, which allowed President Nkurunziza to run for a third term in elections. The Court gave a short Ruling this on 20th July 2015. After reciting the basics (Pleadings on record, respective dates of filing, etc), it ruled that: –

1. It is neither judicious, necessary nor desirable to issue the Orders sought by the Applicants;

2. In line with Rule 68(3) of the EACJ Rules of Procedure, 2013, the Court will furnish the reasons for its Decision in due course, on a date to be notified by its Registrar.


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