Burundi election results expected Thursday:Wednesday 22 July 2015. An election official holds up a ballot for scrutiny during vote counting for Burundi's presidential elections in the capital Bujumbura, July 21, 2015. (REUTERS) The counting of votes is continuing in Burundi a day after voters trickled to polling stations to elect a president. The tallying of ballots will continue all through Wednesday. However, officials say they do not expect results to be announced until late Thursday. President Pierre Nkurunziza who is seeking a controversial third term is widely expected to win. Due to security reasons, no tallying was carried out at night. Unlike the day before the polls, Bujumbura, the epicentre of three months of political chaos and protests, was quiet with heavy police and military presence on the streets. There are 3.8 million registered voters accross the country but the opposition and civil society have called for a boycott of the polls.
The United Nations has warned that the country risked returning to civil war. Burundi talks suspended ahead of polls after government fails to show:Sunday 19 July 2015. The looming presidential elections were likely to trigger major instability and clashes which could spread across borders(REUTERS) Peace talks to resolve Burundi's violent political crisis ahead of polls next week were suspended on Sunday after the government side failed to show up, the mediator said. The crisis was triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to stand for a third term in an election due to take place on Tuesday. The move sparked weeks of violent street protests and an attempted coup in mid-May.
Opposition parties say Nkurunziza's re-election bid is unconstitutional and are boycotting the election race. The president cites a court ruling declaring he can run for five more years in office. Dozens of people have already died in protests in the east African nation which emerged from civil war in 2005. African efforts to cool the Burundi crisis have stumbled, despite calls by the African Union and regional east African states for dialogue. Medical charity laments Burundi refugee crisis :Wednesday 22 July 2015. Doctors Without Borders has warned that acute child malnutrition cases in the camp on the border of Tanzania and Burundi are reaching critical levels. (REUTERS) At least 78 000 Burundian refugees have crossed into Tanzania since April this year, when protests against Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza's third term bid began.
Medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) or Doctors Without Borders, says at least four children have died as a result of severe malnutrition in the Nyaraugusu refugee camp in Tanzania. The medical charity has warned that acute child malnutrition cases in the camp on the border of Tanzania and Burundi are reaching critical levels. Of the 78 000 Burundians refugees sheltered in the overcrowded Nyarugusu refugee camp, a fifth which are children according to Doctors Without Borders, which runs a health facility at the camp. The United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR estimates that 25 000 people have fled to the Tanzanian border camp in the last month alone.
At least two killed in violence before Burundi election:Tuesday 21 July 2015. Grenade blasts marred a June parliamentary poll, which the opposition also boycotted. (SABC) At least one policeman and a civilian were killed in overnight violence before Burundi's presidential vote on Tuesday, a presidential official said, after blasts and gunfire echoed around the capital. . Presidential adviser Willy Nyamitwe blamed the opposition and those behind weeks of protests for the violence, putting the death toll at two.
"People do it to intimidate voters. They don't want the voters to go to the polls," he told Reuters. President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third-term in office has plunged the East African nation into its worst crisis since an ethnically charged civil war ended in 2005. Though street protests and a would-be coup were quelled, almost daily violence has left the country tense. A grenade exploded in the centre of the capital but caused no casualties, deputy police spokesperson Pierre Nkurikiye said. Officials have promised a free and fair election. Blasts, gunshots heard ahead of Burundi poll results:Wednesday 1 July 2015.
Monday's Burundi parliamentary election was boycotted by the opposition(REUTERS) At least two policemen were injured during a grenade attack in Burundi's capital on Wednesday, witnesses said, as the country awaited results from Monday's parliamentary election which was boycotted by the opposition. Sporadic gunfire could also be heard in several other flashpoint districts in Bujumbura, marring celebrations marking the Independence Day holiday in the former Belgian colony in east Africa.
Burundi has been locked in its worst political crisis since its civil war ended a decade ago, with protests erupting in late April against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid to seek a third term in office. The presidential vote is due on July 15. The United States and other Western powers have criticised Monday's poll, saying the conditions were not right to stage a fair election. Fabien said it appeared some civilians were also wounded when two grenades exploded but it was not clear how many.
‘Environment in Burundi not conducive for credible elections’:Monday 22 June 2015. Burundi has been thrown into violence following Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term in office. (REUTERS) It is almost as if Burundi is heading into a non-election as President Pierre Nkurunziza’s win is almost guaranteed, says Dr Victor Shale from Shalestone Elections and Governance Consultants. This comes as Burundi are expected to hold elections on July 15, after weeks of unrest due to Nkurunziza's bid to run for a third term. Shale says the entire election process in Burundi is a farce and that the institutions which usually uphold a free and fair electoral process, such as a free media, voter education, and freedom to express dissent, are non-existent in Burundi.
Citing the spate of violence in Burundi on parties opposing Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term, Shales says: “The pre-election environment is simply not conducive for the holding of credible elections. " Click on the video below to watch the full interview: Burundi vice president flees after opposing presidents third term:Friday 26 June 2015.
Burundi's vice president Gervais Rufyikiri. (REUTERS) One of Burundi's vice presidents has fled to Belgium, saying he had been threatened after denouncing President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in office, an allegation denied by the government. The president's decision in April to stand again, branded unconstitutional by opponents, triggered weeks of often violent street protests and Burundi's worst crisis since an ethnically charged civil war ended in 2005. "I took the decision to leave the country because I was personally threatened," second vice president Gervais Rufyikiri told France 24 television from Belgium on Wednesday. "All who are against the third term are threatened.
I personally was fearing for my security since I saw some signals. " A presidential spokesman said Rufyikiri, who left last week, had not been threatened. The United Nations, African and Western nations have called for dialogue to ease the crisis in a region with a history of ethnic conflict. Burundi opposition parties to boycott elections:Friday 26 June 2015.
The dispute has plunged the poor African nation into crisis. (REUTERS) Opposition parties will boycott elections in Burundi in protest at the president's bid for a third term and on concerns that voting will not be fair, a party official said, escalating the nation's worst political crisis since a civil war ended in 2005. Weeks of unrest followed President Pierre Nkurunziza announcement in April that he would seek another five years in office. He justified the move, which his opponents said was unconstitutional and foreign governments have criticized, on the basis of a favorable court ruling. Announcing the boycott by the group of 17 parties of the July 15 presidential election as well as a parliamentary poll scheduled for Monday, Francois Nyamoya, secretary general of the Movement for Solidarity and Democracy party, told Reuters the votes would "not be credible.
" Government officials have repeatedly said they would guarantee a fair vote Related Articles: Burundi Protests, by sabcnewsonline. Burundi’s top official dismisses calls to postpone elections:Saturday 27 June 2015. President Pierre Nkurunziza’s third term ambitions has plunged Burundi into chaos. (REUTERS) Burundi’s top official at the United Nations has dismissed calls by the Secretary General for the country to postpone the elections in order to create an environment conducive to a peaceful and transparent poll. Speaking in the Security Council after members adopted a Presidential Statement calling for further dialogue among parties in the country, Ambassador Albert Shingiro indicated that any further delays in the timeline for elections would create a constitutional vacuum in his country. The provisional agenda for this meeting is the situation in Burundi with pressure mounting on Burundi’s Government to delay the polls further.
A feisty rejection came from their representative in New York. Parliamentary elections are due to be held on Monday "The Secretary-General [is] deeply concerned over the prevailing political and security environment in Burundi. Two killed before Burundi poll:Sunday 28 June 2015. Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza is seeking a third term in office. (REUTERS) At least two people were killed overnight in the Burundian capital Bujumbura, relatives and friends said on Sunday, a day before parliamentary elections were due to be held amid an opposition boycott and fears of violence.
Burundi has been in turmoil since April when President Pierre Nkurunziza said he would seek a third term, triggering weeks of angry protests and unrest. His opponents say the move violates Burundi's constitution as well as a peace deal that ended an ethnically charged civil war in 2005. The opposition has said it would boycott Monday's vote and presidential elections on July 15. In the night to Sunday, a police officer shot and killed a university student in Bujumbura's Jabe neighbourhood while he was returning home from visiting family, his brother said, giving his name only as Alexis for security reasons A policemen who shot at him was close to him.
U.N. Burundi Speaker on the run: French TV:Sunday 28 June 2015. Burundi National Assembly Speaker Pie Ntavyohanyuma says he was forced to his country due to the unrest there. (Twitter @ KBC Channel) The Speaker of Burundi's parliament has fled the central African nation, saying on a French television station from Belgium a day ahead of parliamentary elections that he feared for his life, after opposing President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in office.
The president's decision in April to stand again, branded unconstitutional by opponents, triggered weeks of often violent street protests and Burundi's worst crisis since an ethnically charged civil war ended in 2005. Nkurunziza says a constitutional court ruling allows him to run for another term. "I was forced to quit the country due to the unrest caused by the president's insistence to seek a third term bid which is illegal, which is unconstitutional," National Assembly Speaker Pie Ntavyohanyuma said on France 24 TV. Government spokesperson were not immediately available to comment. AU says Burundi election will not be free or fair, speaker flees:Monday 29 June 2015. Officials of Burundi's National Electoral Commission take stock of electoral material for the upcoming parliamentary elections at a warehouse in the neighbourhood of Nyakabiga near the capital Bujumbura, June 28, 2015. (REUTERS) The African Union stood down its election observers in Burundi on Sunday, saying Monday's parliamentary election would be neither free nor fair, as the speaker of parliament said he had fled after being threatened and heavy gunfire echoed across the capital.
Residents of the capital Bujumbura reported hearing the sound of grenade explosions and heavy machinegun fire in northern and southern districts, after a night in which at least three people were killed. Burundi has been in turmoil since April, when President Pierre Nkurunziza said he would seek a third term, exacerbating months of protests and triggering an abortive military coup last month.
The European Union and the influential Catholic Church have already stood down their observers for the same reasons.