ECOWAS: Community Court hears Burkina parties' case Tuesday

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice will Tuesday hear a case brought by seven of Burkina Faso’s political parties, including the former ruling party, challenging the amendment to the country’s Electoral Act which excluded them from the political process, the court said Monday.

In the suit, the political parties, joined by 13 affected individuals, are asking the court to declare that the 7 April 2015  Protocol amending the Electoral Act  No.014 of 2001 passed by the National Assembly and promulgated by the transitional government  was a violation of the human rights provisions enshrined in the country’s constitution.

According to the plaintiffs, the amendment excluded those who were not in support of the removal of the former ruling Congress for Democracy and Progress.

The parties are also asking the court to declare that the amendment violated the ECOWAS Revised Treaty of 1993, the region’s Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance, as well as the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

The amendment was promulgated by the government following the departure of former President Blaise Compaore after the violent demonstrations of 30-31 Oct. 2014.

The plaintiffs are asking the court specifically to order that the amendment be expunged; and that they be allowed to exercise their constitutional rights which preclude discrimination on the basis of political opinions.

They also want the Court to hold the government of Burkina Faso accountable for the violation of the ECOWAS revised treaty and other community texts.
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29 june 2015 14:01:46




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