UN observers say Burundi elections on Monday were not free

The opposition boycotted the parliamentary election on Monday.

Mr Kirby said this should include the delay of the July 15 presidential poll until conditions are in place for free, fair and peaceful elections.

Speaking to reporters in Geneva, UNICEF spokesperson Christophe Boulierac said one of the children died because of a grenade explosion in the Muyinga province, becoming the first child victim of the violence outside of the capital city of Bujumbura.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had earlier called on Burundi to postpone the vote after the opposition announced a boycott, but the government rejected his appeal. He said that four people had been arrested and “many, many” guns and grenades had been seized.

“In response to the abuses committed by members of the police during political protests, we are suspending all global Law Enforcement Academy and Anti-Terrorism Assistance training that we provide to Burundian law enforcement agencies”, Mr Kirby said in a statement.

A witness, who did not wish to be identified said: “The police fired from outside the gate, one of them jumped over the gate and opened it for the others to get in”.

Throughout the day on Wednesday, sporadic gunfire could be heard in several flashpoint districts in Bujumbura, marring celebrations marking the independence dayholiday in the ex- Belgian colony in east Africa.

Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term, and the Burundian election commission’s (CENI) insistence on moving ahead with planned elections, have been met with broad condemnation.

The results of the parliamentary polls have yet to be released but Belgium has said it will not recognize the outcome and the United States ratcheted up global pressure Thursday, calling for presidential elections on July 15 to be delayed. On 1 June, two commissioners resigned from the CENI claiming that conditions were not in place for credible elections and alleging external pressure…

Opponents say that is unconstitutional and violates a peace accord that ended 13 years of civil war in 2006.

At least 70 people have been killed and tens of thousands have fled Burundi seeking refuge in neighboring countries.

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