Voting in Burundi’s presidential election ended with calm on Wednesday despite allegations of fraud from the country’s opposition.
The ruling CNDD-FDD party’s candidate, retired general Evariste Ndayishimiye, is running against opposition leader Agathon Rwasa and five others.
As the polls opened on Wednesday morning, several voters complained that the social media seemed to be shut down.
Rwasa also claimed that electoral observers from his party were chased away from the polling stations.
“There is a massive electoral fraud. Our representatives, mandated to follow the electoral process to the end, have been chased. So how can you agree on results counted out of your sights?” he said.
The election is meant to usher in the first democratic transition in 58 years of independence, after widespread international criticism of the last poll in 2015, when President Pierre Nkurunziza won a third term.
Full results of the newly conducted polls are expected within a week. If no one wins 50% in the first round then a run-off will be held within a fortnight.