Global Elections

By Eleanor Kennedy-


After months of pre-electoral violence and serious protests, as well as an aborted coup, calling for the implementation of term-limits in the tiny Central African nation of Burundi,  Parliamentary elections were held on Monday the 29th of June. With Presidential Elections to be held next month.

Not particularly credible elections. Not elections that opposition took part in.  Not Elections that anyone in the international community is happy to call credible. President Pierre Nkurunziza has already declared victory for his CNDD-FDD party. Pretty much anyone of any substance has declared the elections without credit. This includes the African Union, the United Nations, Civil Society Organisations in Burundi, Opposition parties in Burundi. The big international election monitoring organisations were either not-invited, or refused to monitor the election.

Voter turnout was low. Probably for two reasons. Firstly that there was the very real threat of violence on the day…

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