At stake in this Referendum:
- Voters were asked to approve a new constitution that will replace the transitional charter governing the country.
Description of government structure:
- Chief of State: President Domitien NDAYIZEYE
- Head of Government: President Domitien NDAYIZEYE
- Assembly: Burundi has a bicameral Parliament consisting of the Senate with 54 seats and the National Assembly with 140 seats.
Main provisions in the Referendum:
- Approval of a new constitution that would replace the transitional charter governing the country. This referendum asked voters to approve a new Constitution, which includes allocation of seats in Parliament: a 50-50 seat split in the Senate between Hutus and Tutsis, while in the National Assembly the split will be 60-40 between Hutus and Tutsis.
Population and number of registered voters:
- Population: 7,934,213 (2005)
- Registered Voters: 3,100,000 (February 2005 est.)
· Female Population: 4,014,185 (2005)
· Is Burundi a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (17 July 1980)
· Has Burundi ratified CEDAW: Yes (8 January 1992)
· Gender Quota: Yes
· Female candidates in this election: N/A
· Number of Female Parliamentarians: 36 (following 2005 parliamentary elections)
· Human Development Index Position: 184 (2014)
· Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Medium (2014)
· Is Burundi a signatory to CRPD: Yes (26 April 2007)
· Has Burundi ratified CRPD: Yes (22 May 2014)
· Population with a disability: 1,190,131 (est.)