Burundi opposition claims fraud in voter registration

Burundi opposition claims fraud in voter registration

Sat Dec 13, 2014 10:33PM GMT

Burundi’s opposition parties have claimed fraud in the process of voter registration in the African country’s key presidential polls, which is slated for next year.

“We have just witnessed a charade marred by massive fraud in favor of the ruling party,” opposition politician Agathon Rwasa, the leader of the National Liberation Forces (FNL) party, said on Saturday.

Rwasa, however, noted that he would participate in the polls.

Opposition parties had called on the country’s National Electoral Commission to cancel the registration, which ended on Friday.

They claim that a large number of identification cards were distributed among the supporters of the ruling National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) party.

The electoral commission, however, expressed its satisfaction over the registration of 3,680,154 people in the presidential election, its spokesman Prosper Ntahorwamiye said on Saturday.

The government acknowledged that “a lot of irregularities” had occurred in the process of registration. But the electoral commission had announced that it would not stop the process.

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza, who has been in power since 2005, is likely to run for a third term in the coming election, although his opponents see this as a violation of the country’s constitution.

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