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Constitutional Court validates referendum results

Charles Ndagijinama, President of the Constitutional Court has declared the 17 May Constitutional referendum was held in accordance with the law. “The 17 May Constitution is approved at 73.24%,” he says. Out of 96.19 % of voters, 73.24% voted for the constitutional amendment while 19.37% voted against it. Null votes are estimated at 4.10% and abstentions at 3.27%.

Members of the Constitutional Court have validated the results of the May 17 referendum

Members of the Constitutional Court have validated the results of the May 17 referendum

The Constitutional Court president has said the provisional results are valid and definitive after analyzing the file submitted by the Independent National Electoral Commission. He also says the errors recorded in the referendum could not alter the provisional results. “The Court hasn’t noticed any major irregularity in the referendum and the complaints lodged by the opposition coalition “Amizero y’Abarundi” are unfounded,” he says.

Evariste Ndayishimiye, Secretary General of ruling party-CNDD-FDD says the Constitutional Court comes to strengthen what Burundians have already achieved through the poll. “The Constitutional amendment is a choice of Burundians and the 17 May Constitution will guide all Burundians”, he says before adding that all people must accept the results.

Pierre Célestin Ndikumana, Chairman of the parliamentary group of the opposition coalition “Amizero y’Abarundi” says the coalition hasn’t yet received the notification of their complaint against the provisional results. “The Constitutional Court has ignored our claims and proceeded with the announcement of the final results of the referendum,” he says.

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