Votes being counted for Burundi’s presidential elections

By Editorial Board - 22 July 2015 at 11:52 am
AP Photo/Berthier Mugiraneza

The poling stations have closed in Burundi and counting of the votes is underway. The results of the presidential election are expected to be announced on Thursday. It is widely expected that current President, Pierre Nkurunziza, will win a third term in office, which is deemed unconstitutional by many in the country.

Just before the polls opened on Tuesday, a policeman and a civilian were killed when explosions and gunfire erupted in the capital, Bujumbura. The capital has be the centre of much violence since Nkurunziza’s announcement that he was planning to run for a third term.

Haru Mutasa, an Al Jazeera correspondent, reported that a member of the opposition was killed overnight in the capital’s Nyakabiga neighbourhood. The incident stimulated a large crowd to gather there protesting the elections in the morning. The body was removed several hours after the incident but the crowd stayed, continuing to boycott the elections.

About 3.8 million people are eligible to vote in the Burundi elections but many the opposition and civil society groups are boycotting them saying they are neither free nor fair.

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