Burundi’s electoral commission declared the ruling party’s presidential candidate, Evariste Ndayishimiye, the winner of the country’s election.
The announcement marked the beginning of a new era in Burundi with the end of incumbent Pierre Nkurunziza’s controversial 15 year rule. It will be the first democratic transfer of power since Burundi got independence 58 years ago.
According to released provisional results of the election which was held last week, Ndashimiye won 68.72 percent of the votes. The main opposition leader, Agathon Rwasa, received 24.19 percent. There was an 87.7% voter turnout. Final results are expected on 4 June.
Ndashimiye was declared winner as he had garnered over 50% of the total votes cast.
In a post on its Twitter page, CNDD-FDD party congratulated the electoral commission for the “remarkable work” it has done in organizing and running presidential, parliamentary and local elections.
In the parliamentary elections, the ruling party (CNDD-FDD) won a majority of 72 seats in Burundi’s parliament while Agathon Rwasa’s CNL party won 27 seats.
The opposition candidate had complained of fraud and voter oppression during the election. On the released provisional results, he said, “These are fabricated results, which are not reliable. The tally sheets that we could gather don’t correspond to those that have been announced by the media,”
He however indicated that he would not resort to street protests but would appeal to the Constitutional Court, even though, according to him, the process would be imperfect.