NAIROBI — Burundi’s ruling occasion candidate, a retired common, has gained the presidential election, the nation’s electoral fee mentioned on Monday, however the main opposition challenger claims the vote was rigged.
The fee mentioned Evariste Ndayishimiye had gained 69 p.c of votes forged and the opposition candidate, Agathon Rwasa, 24 p.c.
The fee chairman, Pierre Claver Kazihise, mentioned the turnout was “massive” — it was put at 88 p.c — and described the election as peaceable.
Mr. Rwasa has mentioned he’ll take his complaints concerning the election to the constitutional courtroom, though it’s full of allies of the present president, Pierre Nkurunziza, who supported Mr. Ndayishimiye.
Neither Mr. Rwasa nor Mr. Ndayishimiye had been instantly out there for remark. Their events had been additionally not out there.
The vote to switch President Nkurunziza was held on May 20, and was preceded by political violence together with the arrest, torture and homicide of opposition activists, in line with an area rights group.
There was additionally controversy over holding the election throughout the coronavirus disaster.
Five different candidates additionally campaigned within the elections, by which 5.11 million registered voters had been eligible to take part.
Economic development in Burundi is at a standstill and political violence is frequent. From January to March, Ligue Iteka, an exiled Burundian rights group, documented 67 killings, together with 14 extrajudicial executions and 6 disappearances.
The authorities has denied accusations of rights violations.
Hundreds of Burundians had been killed and lots of of 1000’s fled into exile after unrest surrounding the final election in 2015, when the opposition accused Mr. Nkurunziza of violating a peace deal by working for a 3rd time period.