Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Burundi: lone presidential candidate elected with low turnout

Pierre Nkurunziza was the lone candidate on Burundi's presidential ballot when "re-elected" on May 28th, 2010. 
The Associated Press (AP) reported on July 2nd, 2010, that "Burundi's electoral commission says the lone candidate in the country's presidential election has won by a landslide." Burundian opposition groups boycotted the May 28th election.

The AP also reported that Burundi's National Electoral Commission said that the lone candidate, Pierre Nkurunziza, got 91% of the vote, with a 77% voter turnout. If the National Electoral Commission is telling the AP the truth, then 9% of 77%, which is 6.93% of eligible Burundian voters, went to the polls, where the presidential election was the only election, but declined to vote for the only candidate.

Read more at Digital Journal, http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/294252.

(And, if anyone reading this knows what the EU election observers in Burundi had to say about this, please leave me a note here.  My opinion of the EU and its election observers is sinking lower daily.  None of their basic conditions for even traveling to observe an election had been met in Burundi.   And, after promising, months ago, to travel to observe Rwanda's election, they blew off the Rwandan candidates struggling, and taking great risks, within the narrow space that seemed like it might be available to them---that of European parliamentary democracy---but sent a lot to money to Kagame's National Electoral Commission instead.   Money to help validate a sham election.) 

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