Polling stations officially opened in Burundi elections despite contriversies
June 29, Bujumbura: Polling stations in Burundi have officially opened on Monday from 6 am local time after two months of tense and protests sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term.
Around 3,8 million people in Burundi are eligible for voting in the controversial parliamentary and local elections polling, which the opposition and civil society society groups are boycotting, claiming they will not be free and fair. Despite the international community calls to delay the election, Burundian authorities have denied it.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the chairperson of the commission of the AU, has said that the African Union (AU) will not observe the elections.
“Polls will open late in many places because some people have thrown grenades and police are sorting things out.Police in Burundi said that several polling centres were attacked overnight, with no damage caused to electoral materials.
Burundi has been in turmoil since April, when Nkurunziza said he would seek a third term, triggering weeks of protests, and an abortive military coup last month.
Nkurunziza’s opponents say his decision to stand again violates the constitution as well as a peace deal that ended a civil war in 2005.
The Oslo Times