Leader of the Opposition Rejects First "Whimsical Results"

Nairobi (hooly News) – Leader of the main opposition party in Burundi, Agathon Rwasa, described the partial results covering 12% of the 119 communes proclaimed on Thursday by national radio and television as "fanciful", granting the candidate of power a victory overwhelming.

The partial results of these general elections held on Wednesday, including a presidential contest without the outgoing Pierre Nkurunziza, in power since 2005, were announced Thursday in the newspaper at 8:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. GMT).

The president of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), Pierre-Claver Kazihise had called Burundians on Thursday morning to be patient for the publication of the partial results, expected no earlier than Friday.

"I reject these results. These results that we are proclaiming are fanciful results, they do not stick with reality," Rwasa said on Thursday evening.

"I say this because yesterday (Wednesday evening) when we started counting the votes, we followed, we were in the lead and the results that we have show that we are still in the lead", he continued.

"We can easily demonstrate that it is cheating" assured the leader of the opposition, claiming to have "won".

"The figures we are swinging on the air are the result of pure manipulation simply", he insisted.

These partial results give, for example, the candidate of the ruling CNDD-FDD party, General Évariste Ndayishimiye, 73.9%, compared to 24.6% for Mr. Rwasa in the commune of Kabezi, in rural Bujumbura, yet considered a historic stronghold of the leader of the opposition.

These elections, which were generally held in calm, mark the end of the Nkurunziza era.

His candidacy for a controversial third term in 2015 had plunged his country into a serious political crisis, which had left at least 1,200 dead and led to the exodus of 400,000 Burundians.