Burundi to go on polls, despite the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic not taking a back seat in the coming future, the Presidential election in Burundi is to take place as scheduled.

Burundi is to go on polls on May 20. The May 20 vote in Burundi will be the first since 2005 in which President Pierre Nkurunziza will not be contesting. Campaigns for the election ended on May 16 ahead of the vote.

In 2015, President Pierre Nkurunziza won his controversial third term in office resulting the country to be marred by violence since then, with thousands fleeing the land and economy seeing a downfall.

The ruling party of Burundi has made Evariste Ndayishimiye, a retired Army General, succeed Nkurunziza in the coming election.

Six other candidates are contesting the election, including opposition leader Agathon Rwasa, Deputy Chairman of the National Assembly and leader of the CNL party.

Even though the elections being held on May 20, Nkurunziza will remain in office as President until August.

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