Burundi constitutional court upholds presidential election of Evariste Ndayishimiye
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Burundi constitutional court upholds presidential election of Evariste Ndayishimiye

The Burundi constitutional court on Thursday upheld the presidential election of retired general Evariste Ndayishimiye.

The controversial election occurred in May and marked the country’s first competitive presidential election since 1993.

According to voter results, Ndayishimiye won the election with 69 percent of the votes. However, Agathon Rwasa, who supposedly won 24 percent of the votes, filed a complaint claiming that Ndayishimiye’s party had committed electoral fraud.

Rwasa’s complaint alleged that Ndayishimiye’s party had cast ballots using the names of deceased voters and out-of-country refugees. The complaint also alleged that the party had cited an electoral register that was never published by the electoral body, which forced voters to choose certain candidates. Additionally, the complaint claimed that Ndayishimiye’s party had illegally stuffed ballot boxes.

Despite these allegations, the court found no irregularities in the voting process nor in the counting of the ballots. Therefore, the court affirmed the election of Ndayishimiye as president-elect.

Due to the court’s holding, Ndayishimiye will begin his seven-year term on August 20.