According to a report via Aljazeera.com, the results for the Burundi elections are not expected to be announced until Thursday, 24 July 2015; however, incumbent Pierre Nkurunziza is widely expected to win his third term.
Electoral Commission president Pierre-Claver Ndayiragije said an estimated 74 per cent of the country’s 3.8 million registered voters cast their ballot, comparable to last month’s general elections, despite a boycott from opposition lawmakers.
According to the report, by the Daily Nation, violence rocked the capital as at least two people – a policeman and a civilian – were killed overnight before the polls opened on Tuesday in what Nkurunziza’s chief communications advisor called “terrorist acts” aimed at “intimidating voters.”
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged calm, calling on all sides to “refrain from any acts of violence that could compromise the stability of Burundi and the region,” according to the report.
The US State Department has joined, according to the BBC, critics saying the disputed presidential election lacks credibility and will discredit the government.
With the Burundi elections well underway, Africans have reached out to social media in order to air their opinion on the controversial elections.
The Tweets can be found below:
— Pádraic (@kudupadraic) July 22, 2015
— Hans Solo (@thandojo) July 22, 2015
— Lorenzo Nicolao (@LolloNicolao) July 22, 2015
— Zoe Flood (@Zoe_Flood) July 22, 2015
#Burundi: Months of govt crackdown on civ society, dozens killed, up to 167k have fled their homes. Not conditions for credible elections
— Samantha Power (@AmbassadorPower) July 21, 2015
— Salil Shetty (@SalilShetty) July 22, 2015
— Sarah Kimani (@sarahkimani) July 22, 2015
— Grant Shapps (@grantshapps) July 20, 2015
— Patrice Nzigamasabo (@pnzigamasabo) July 18, 2015