THE East African Community (EAC) has congratulated the Government and the people of Burundi for peaceful and successful nominations, campaigns, and voting process with respect to the just concluded 2020 Elections.
A press statement issed by the Community early on Tuesday (May 26, 2020) said that the 87.8 percent turnout for the process bears testimony to the desire of the people of Burundi to participate in determining their political future, which is critical to sustainable peace, security and stability.
"The 2020 Burundi Elections hold an iconic place in the history of the nation, marking this the first peaceful and democratic transfer of power. More significantly, the process was domestically driven through own funding.
"In the spirit of the Constitution promulgated in 2018, the Community urges all parties to practice patience and sustain the peace currently prevalent in the country as the final phase of the electoral process is underway. This will provide space for constitutionally mandated consideration and conclusion of contestations and ultimate announcement of the results by the Constitutional Court," the statement added.
EAC has arged Burundians of all political persuasions "to guard the prevailing peace and sustain the tolerance that has so far characterized this electoral process."
The peaceful conclusion of the electoral process will not only be a big win for the people of Burundi, but for the East African Community as a region.
The community, made up of six member states, has promised to to work with the new Government of the Republic of Burundi towards realizing the vision of a prosperous, competitive, secure, stable and politically united East Africa.
In the just ended elections, the ruling party's Evariste Ndayishimiye won with 68.72 percent of the vote while his main opposition rival, Agathon Rwasa bags 24.19 percent of vote share, according to Burundi's election commission.