Evariste Ndayishimiye, presidential candidate and secretary general of the ruling National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD), casts his ballot at a polling station in Gitega Province, central Burundi, on May 20, 2020. Burundian voters went to the polls on Wednesday to elect a new president, members of the National Assembly and district councillors. (photo by Evrard Ngendakumana/Xinhua)
Evariste Ndayishimiye, presidential candidate and secretary general of the ruling National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD), casts his ballot at a polling station in Gitega Province, central Burundi, on May 20, 2020. Burundian voters went to the polls on Wednesday to elect a new president, members of the National Assembly and district councillors. (photo by Evrard Ngendakumana/Xinhua)

Agathon Rwasa, Burundian opposition party leader and the first runner-up in last month’s presidential poll, on Friday said he will appeal against the election results to a regional court.

The central African country on May 20 held general elections that combine three polls — the presidential election, legislative elections and district council elections.

Rwasa had filed a case in the Constitutional Court to challenge the provisional results that shows the ruling National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) wins the presidency and majority of seats in the lower chamber — the National Assembly. But the court on Thursday said the complaints are unfounded and approved the provisional results released by the national electoral commission.

The ruling by the Constitutional Court is “not fair” and the court “failed to demonstrate how our complaints were not strong,” Rwasa told Xinhua in an interview in Bujumbura, commercial capital of Burundi.

The candidate of the National Council for Liberty (CNL) said he was astonished by the judges’ negligence in treating the CNL complaints.

As the Constitutional Court is Burundi’s highest court, he will appeal to the East African Court of Justice with the awareness that it will not be easy for the court to issue a ruling in a short time, he said.

Rwasa also said he will continue to struggle politically in line with the right provided to Burundian citizens by the law. Enditem

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