Burundi’s ruling party, CNDD-FDD, has swept 72 out of 100 iamentary seats in the May 20 polls, according to results announced on Monday afternoon.
The landlocked country’s electoral body (CENI) said CNDD-FDD won 72% of seats while the main opposition party, CNL came second with 27 posts.
UPRONA trailed with only 1 seat.
ChimpReports understands CNDD-FDD swept Bubanza, Bujumbura, Gitega, Muyinga and Karusi constituencies among others.
CNL, which is led by Agathon Rwasa, a Hutu militia leader during the Burundi Civil War, floored the ruling party in Mairie De Bujumbura.
In Ngozi, where outgoing president Pierre Nkurunziza was raised, the ruling party took home 6 out of 8 MP seats in the area.
In Cibitoke area where rebels have previously launched attacks, CNDD-FDD took 4 out of 6 seats with the rest going to FNL.
Nkurunziza recently decided to step down before throwing his weight behind Evariste Ndayishimiye, the candidate of the ruling party, CNDD-FD.
“The elections are a medium for selecting responsible leaders with developmental manifestos,” said Nkurunziza, adding, “We should always accept the verdict of the people.”
Rwasa appealed to voters to remain peaceful, saying the outcome will shape the country’s path to a better future.
“Let everyone vote responsibly to achieve the change we want through the ballot box,” said the CNL Party Candidate.
Authorities froze access to social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube on Election Day, angering human rights activists.
But Presidential advisor Willy Nyamitwe said “internet remains accessible in Burundi. Please disregard the rumours.”
Ndayishimiye, who voted from Giheta commune of Gitega province, urged voters to remain peaceful and avoid acts of violence.
Results for the presidential election will be released later today.
The country has a National Assembly and a Senate whose members will be elected for five years.
Senate elections will be held in July 2020.