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International monitors satisfied with way of Burundi's conduction of presidential election

06-30-2010 16:57 BJT

BUJUMBURA, June 30 (Xinhua) -- Some 40 observers from the African Union, the Economic Community of Central African States and the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly have said the electoral operations for the June 28 presidential polls in Burundi were organized and carried out in a good way.

"We congratulate Burundian political leaders for their maturity despite their diversity to allow a relaxed environment for the electoral process", the heads of the three observer missions said on Tuesday evening in a joint declaration in the capital Bujumbura.

They, however, pointed out two things to be corrected in the future polls. They include delays in opening some polling stations and vote counting in the absence of some monitors supposed to observe the election at some polling stations.

"We call on parties which pulled out of the electoral process to reconsider their decision and rejoin the process", said the observer missions in the declaration.

The three observer missions were divided into 21 teams and deployed to 12 of the Burundi's 17 provinces. They notably monitored elections in Bujumbura Municipality, Bujumbura Rural, Gitega, Ngozi, Bubanza, Kayanza, Muramvya, Rutana, Bururi, Karusi, Mwaro and Makamba.

An East African Community (EAC) observer mission also said the presidential election was well conducted.

In a press conference held on Tuesday evening, head of the EAC mission Otieno Karan said his mission was satisfied with how the poll was conducted.

Burundian citizens went to polls on Monday to elect their new president. Incumbent President and ruling party candidate Pierre Nkurunziza was the only one in the race. Six opposition candidates pulled out of the presidential elections early in June alleging massive fraud in the May 24 communal elections.

National Electoral Commission Chairman Pierre Claver Ndayicariye said on Monday that provisional results of the presidential election would be announced on Wednesday.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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