Burundi’s opposition party files court case following the outcome of May 20th polls

undefinedBurundi’s opposition party the National Freedom Council (CNL) has filed a case in the country’s constitutional court claiming that there were evidences of fraud in the just passed presidential election.

“We have provided evidence that there has been massive fraud, the announced results are false. Appalling errors were made across the country, no district or province was spared.” The opposition leader, Agathon Rwasa said after filing the complaint on Thursday.

The court will have until June 5 to decide the case. According to Rwasa, if the court does not rule in the CNL’s favour, the party will take the case to the East African Court of Justice in Arusha, Tanzania.

Burundi’s presidential election held on May 20th and the country’s election commission said on Monday May 25 that the governing party candidate, retired General Evariste Ndayishumiye had won the election with 69 percent of the votes while the CNL had 24 percent. The commission equally added that the election was peaceful.

However, according to reports from amnesty international, the May 20 vote to replace president Pierre Nkurunziza was characterized by political violence including the arrest, torture and murder of opposition activists.

By Moma Sandrine

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