Burundi’s constitutional court has upheld the election of Evariste Ndaishimiye in the recently conducted polls in the country.
Evariste, a candidate of the ruling CDN-FDD Party, won the presidential elections with 68% of the total national cast, beating his primary opponent Agathon Rwasa.
Rwasa challenged the elections in court, citing evidence of fraud and irregularities. The council of Catholic Bishops in the country also doubted how the elections were conducted, sying its observers witnessed instances of multiple voting, casting of votes in names of the dead, and some voters being forced to choose some candidates.
The constitutional court, however, on Thursday, ruled that the May 20 elections were conducted in a free and credible manner and that retired general Ndaishimiye is the president-elect.
The court further said that the opposition leader’s appeal lacked substantial evidence. The complaint Agathon Rwasa has not yet responded to the court ruling.
Ndaishimiye now awaits a swearing-in ceremony planned for Agust 20, after which he will lead the country for a term seven years, taking over from Pierre Nkrunzinza, who has led the country for 15 years.