According to preliminary results Evariste Ndayishimiye has won Burundi’s presidential election by a landslide, while the main opposition party cries fraud.
The election commission CENI announced partial results yesterday, giving Ndayishimiye 69% of the vote and his main competitor Agathon Rwasa of the opposition CNL party 24%.
Current First Vice President Gaston Sindimwo of the nationalist Uprona party very finished far behind with just 2%.
CNL immediately cried foul play. Party spokesman Terence Manirambona announced that CNL has its own numbers to prove that their candidate won.
“We are going to go through the appropriate channels to demand that the vote be recounted. We have a lot of facts that undeniably demonstrate that the results announced by CENI do not reflect the will of the people.”
First Vice President Sindomwo has downplayed allegations that the election was rigged and commended the apparent winner.