Unsurprisingly, the CNDD-FDD candidate, the ruling party, was declared the presidential winner by the Burundian electoral commission.
General Évariste Ndayishimiye, 52, is credited with 68.72%, according to figures released on Monday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (Ceni). He had been nominated candidate of the CNDD-FDD on January 25, after Pierre Nkurunziza, who came to power in 2005, announced that he did not want to run for a new mandate.
Agathon Rwasa, the candidate of the National Council for Freedom (CNL), credited for his part of 24.19%, had even before the publication of the official results qualified the first figures made public of “fanciful” , and accused the power of ” cheating ”and“ pure manipulation ”.
None of the other five candidates exceeds 2% of the vote.
“The elections were appeased, the count was made at the polling place and the minutes were given. The counting was done in transparency ”, assured Pierre-Claver Kazihise, the president of the Ceni, quoted by the Burundian newspaper Iwacu .
The party of Agathon Rwasa, however, denounced arrests in its ranks, pressure against its assessors as well as fraud, in particular in the provinces of Rumonge (southwest) and Bujumbura-Rural (west). Internet access was also blocked throughout Thursday except for users using a virtual private network (VPN).