“Not a single district, no single province was spared,” he said. “So the results proclaimed are fake.”
The court has eight days to decide. Rwasa said that if he is not satisfied he will take his argument to the East African Court of Justice based in Arusha, Tanzania.
Burundi’s Catholic bishops conference also has questioned the vote, saying this week they had witnessed “ intimidation and constraints exerted by some administration officials who accompanied voters to the voting booths, the exclusion of observers from places where votes were counted, the intrusion of unauthorized persons into places where votes were counted, the stuffing of some ballot boxes” and voting in the name of the dead.
“The conference wonders if all these irregularities do not undermine the provisional results released by the electoral commission,” said Bishop Joachim Ntahondereye, the group’s president.
This election has not seen the widespread demonstrations and deadly violence that marked the previous vote in 2015 after Nkurunziza decided to run for a third term that many called unconstitutional.
The deadly turmoil badly damaged global relations, and Burundi became the first country to leave the International Criminal Court after it started investigating allegations of abuses.