Burundi Controversial Polls Interrupted by Grenade Attacks

burundi-electionKey Points

  • Grenade attacks marks the start of the controversial Burundi’s polls
  • A group of armed men Monday reported to have thrown grenades at polling stations in Burundi’s capital Bujumbura and some other provinces
  • Burundi has been marred by weeks of unrest and widespread protests
  • The country had faced a failed coup that left more than 70 killed
  • The incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza is seeking for another term
  • Opponents say Nkurunziza bid for another term is unconstitutional

Monday 29th June 2015; the start Burundi polls was marked with grenade attacks by assailants who threw grenades in a number polling stations.

Pierre Nkurunziza bid for a third term has been termed unconstitutional by the opponents. The move to bid for another term violates the peace accord that ended the 13 years of civil war in 2006.

The armed attackers threw grenade in polling stations at Burundi’s capital Bujumbura and also in some other provinces. The overnight attacks come ahead of the Monday’s parliamentary and local elections causing a major delay in the start of voting in many polling centres.

Cyriaque Bucumi, the President of the Bujumbura Electoral Commission said the voting has not yet begun in many centres especially in the capital due to logistical hitches citing the overnight grenade attacks.

Opposition, Civil Society Protests and Unrests marks the Start of Burundi polls
Opposition, Civil Society Groups Protests and Unrest marks the Start of Burundi polls

Burundi opposition together with civil society groups are boycotting the Monday’s polls saying the authorities have refused to delay the controversial polls and thus they expect the polls not to be free and fair.

Burundi Deputy Vice-President Gervais Rufyikiri and some members of the electoral body among top country’s officials who have fled the poverty stricken landlocked country.

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