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Burundi

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National Assembly

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theSenate

Openness and transparency

Information about access to parliamentary documents, parliament’s reporting to the public, parliament’s relation to Freedom of Information laws, and lobbying.

Parliamentary documents

The agendas of plenary meetings are published online in advance The agendas of plenary meetings are published online in advance.
The agendas of committee meetings are published online in advance The agendas of committee meetings are published online in advance.
Results of votes on draft legislation are published on the parliamentary web site Results of votes on draft legislation are published on the parliamentary web site.
Draft legislation is published on the parliamentary website Draft legislation is published on the parliamentary website.
Citizens can submit comments on draft legislation on the parliamentary web site

Annual reporting by parliament

Parliament publishes an annual report on its activities
The annual report is available on the parliamentary web site
Yes
Parliament publishes the parliamentary budget
Level of detail of the parliamentary budget made available to the public Level of detail of the parliamentary budget made available to the public: Only the total amount; A summary of the main elements; The complete budget
Only the total amount
The parliamentary budget is available on the parliamentary web site
No

Access to parliament

Plenary meetings are open to the public
Notes
The person in question must carry a laissez-passer.
Committee meetings are open to the public
There is a dedicated channel for broadcasting parliamentary meetings A dedicated channel is one that is mainly about parliament, and is accessible free of charge to the general public. The channel might be owned by Parliament or a public or private company. Dedicated channels may be broadcast by parliament, government, or another broadcaster. They may be carried on television, radio or the Internet (webcasting).

Freedom of information

There is a freedom of information law in the country
Yes
Parliament is subject to the freedom of information law
Parliament has an office/division dedicated to FOI requests
No
Categories of Information that are exempt from disclosure Certain categories of information may be exempt from disclosure
Article 19 of Act No. 1/11 of 4 June 2013, amending Act No. 1/025 of 27 November 2003 (governing the press in Burundi) states: “The right to disseminate information or to publish documents may not be invoked where the information or documents in question concern: (a) national defence, State security or public safety; (b) information that would undermine currency stability; (c) private life, including personal and medical files; (d) pre-trial judicial investigations; (e) attacks on or defamation of the Head of State; (f) communiqués, appeals or announcements constituting incitement to revolt, civil disobedience, unauthorized public demonstrations, justification of a crime, blackmail, fraud or racial or ethnic hatred; (g) defamatory, insulting, slanderous or offensive statements regarding public or private persons; (h) propaganda for an enemy of the Burundian State in times of peace or of war; (i) information that undermines the State’s credit and the national economy; (j) confidential o

Lobbying

There are rules about the activities of lobbyists in parliament
There is a register of accredited lobbyists