The President-Elect of Burundi, Evariste-Ndayishimiye-- Photo Iwacu

(BUJUMBURA, 4 JUNE 2020) : Burundi’s constitutional court on Thursday upheld the results of last month’s presidential election declaring the governing party’s candidate Evariste Ndayishimiye the winner with 68%.

The opposition leader Agathon Rwasa, who had alleged widespread irregularities won 28% of the vote.

Rwasa had alleged the stuffing of ballot boxes and said the electoral roll had never been published. “Not a single district, no single province was spared,” he said after going to court.

The court called Rwasa’s complaint unfounded and said any irregularities could not taint the entire electoral process.

Burundi’s Catholic bishops conference also questioned the vote.

Ndayishimiye, 52, will be inaugurated in August, succeeding to President Pierre Nkurunziza, who has been in power since 2005.