East African Community praises Burundi’s ‘peaceful & successful’ presidential elections

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The East African Community (EAC) has welcomed Burundi’s presidential election describing the just concluded presidential elections as ‘‘peaceful and successful’’
In a statement, the regional body’s Secretary General, Liberat Mfumukeko said ‘’The 87.8 percent turnout for the process bears testimony to the desire of the people of Burundi to participate in determining their political future, which is critical to sustainable peace, security and stability.’’

He added: The EAC stands ready to work with the new Government towards realizing the vision of a prosperous, competitive, secure, stable and politically united East Africa.
Evariste Ndayishimiye, Burundi’s ruling party, CNDD-FD, won May 20 presidential election with 68.7% of the vote while opposition CNL’s Agathon Rwasa managed 24.1%.
speaking journalist after elections, Agathon Rwasa accused the ruling party of “mischief” and said police and security officers were kicking opposition members out of polling places.

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“The voting was marred with several irregularities: arrests of over 200 CNL (observers), intimidation, people who voted several times or under the names of dead ones, refugees or prisoners,” said Terence Manirambona, the spokesman for the CNL.

There were few international election monitors on Wednesday after the government said they would have to spend 14 days in quarantine to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

“We fully reject and protest these results because we know very well our party won,” Aime Magera, a representative of Rwasa’s CNL party told The Associated Press. Magera claimed his party won with 57% of the vote.
Ndayishimiye takes over from Pierre Nkurunziza who has been in power for over 15 years

Mfumukeko further said the 2020 Burundi Elections hold an iconic place in the history of the nation, marking this the first peaceful and democratic transfer of power.
‘‘More significantly, the process was domestically driven through own funding.’’
Calls on all parties
‘’In the spirit of the Constitution promulgated in 2018, the Community urges all parties to practice patience and sustain the peace currently prevalent in the country as the final phase of the electoral process is underway. This will provide space for constitutionally mandated consideration and conclusion of contestations and ultimate announcement of the results by the Constitutional Court.’’

Uganda’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Uganda to the United Nations, Amb Adonia Ayebare also hailed the election of Ndayishimiye as president.
“He was the Chief negotiator of CNDD-FDD when they were fighting the bad Burundi governments as the special envoy of President Yoweri Museveni who was the Chair of the Burundi peace process,” Ayebare said.

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