Nkurunziza Wins Burundi Election


In short
The polls that were boycotted by major opposition parties and civil society organizations put Nkurunziza at 69.4 of the total votes cast winning him the contested third term.

Burundi's incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza has won a landslide victory in the country's contested presidential elections.
The polls that were boycotted by major opposition parties and civil society organizations put Nkurunziza at 69.4% of the total votes cast.
Nkurunziza who has been the President of Burundi for ten years will now have five more years of rule that protestors have been arguing are against the constitution.
The Burundi constitution allows a candidate only two terms of rule but Nkurunziza, who had served both terms, argued that the first term was a transitional term and that he wasn't voted by the people but rather by a select group of people, the parliament.

The provisional results, a copy of which URN has seen place the next candidate, Agathon Rwasa at 18.9% of the total votes cast.
The voting process had earlier been criticized by the African Union, European Union, the United States and the United Nations. The organisations, in separate releases questioned the credibility of the elections citing multiple arrests of opposition leaders, gross violation of human rights and the heated tensions in the country's capital Bujumbura.
The East African community, that has been mediating the Burundi conflict, also added to the chorus of voices that deemed the elections not free and fair. A copy of the draft report from the election monitors that was leaked to the press shows that the observers passed the elections as ‘lacking'.
Nkurunziza's win was largely expected after major opposition parties refused to take part in the elections heeding to an earlier call by the mediation efforts to first restore peace to the country before the voting.
Nkurunziza is yet to be announced winner of the elections by the Burundian Electoral Commission.  


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Raymond Mujuni
Raymond Mujuni is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Mujuni has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Presently a Law student at Makerere University, Kampala, Mujuni started out as a freelancer for URN in 2012.

Mujuni is an investigative journalist, especially interested in Security, Science and Technology. An avid sports fan, Mujuni volunteers with the charity organisation 40 Days/40 Smiles.