While the Burundian president Pierre Nkunrunziza is expected to win the controversial electionfor a third term and is condemned by the international community, shoots and explosions is heard in the Burundian capital.
The election has just started but so fare 2 people have already been killed.
The country with 3,8 million inhabitants with rights to vote have been mared with violence in the months up to the election. Now on the election day the violence is ongoing, and According to the authorities its because some groups are trying to scare people from voting.
In reality it is an election with only one candidate, and the Burundian knows the outcome of the election in advance says Thierry Vircoulon from the thintank International Crisis Group, according Ritzau.
Mr Nkurunziza’s main challenger, Agathon Rwasa, is registered as an independent candidate as his faction of the FNL party is not recognised by the government.
Critics say that a win for President Nkurunziza would be a hollow triumph that will result in him governing a bitterly-divided nation.
“The government has opted to isolate itself and go ahead with pseudo-elections,” prominent opposition figure Leonce Ngendakumana was quoted by the AFP news agency as saying after negotiations on the crisis broke down on Sunday.
Another opposition figure, Jean Minani, accused the government of being “very irresponsible”.
“They have refused to save Burundi from sliding into an abyss,” he said.
But officials close to the president – a former guerrilla fighter, teacher and born-again Christian
– argue that he is a man of the people and the only person capable of rebuilding the country after decades of civil war.
They say that he has an instinct for survival and is determined to remain in the presidential palace.
Tensions between Burundi’s ethnic Hutu majority – comprising some 85% of the 10.5 million population – and the country’s Tutsi minority have flared up regularly since independence from Belgium in 1962.
Mr Nkurunziza led a Hutu rebel group fighting the Tutsi-dominated army until a peace deal let to him becoming president in 2005.
The Constitutional Court has backed his argument that his first term in office did not count towards the two-term limit, as he was elected by MPs.
The elections are being held following weeks of protests over President Nkurunziza’s plan to Seek a third term.
In May, rebel generals tried to overthrow him in a coup. After they failed, a rebellion began in the north of the country.
The African Union (AU) has not sent observers – the first time it has taken such a stance against a member state.
Tensions in Burundi have forced more than 100,000 people to flee this year.