Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has voted in the controversial presidential election that could keep him in office for a third term, arriving at the poling station on a bicycle . Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza cycled to a polling station in his northern home village of Buye on Tuesday (July 21) and cast his ballot in the controversial presidential election that could allow the incumbent a third term in office. Voters queued in some rural areas and districts of Bujumbura that are strongholds of Nkurunziza supporters. But there were only trickles of voters in other parts of the capital. Opponents accuse Nkurunziza of violating the constitution by seeking another five years in office. Western donors and African states, worried about tensions in a region with a history of ethnic conflict, urged Burundi to postpone the poll. The United States and European states have halted some aid to Burundi, one of the world's poorest nations. Nkurunziza, almost sure to win given the opposition boycott, cites a court ruling saying he can run again. The government said they had already delayed the vote as long as they could and promised a fair poll.