The African Union stood down its election observers on Sunday, saying the election would be neither free nor fair. Burundi has been in turmoil since April, when Nkurunziza said he would seek a third term, exacerbating months of protests and triggering an abortive military coup last month.

Voters lined up outside polling stations due to open at 6 am (0400 GMT) in Bujumbura, but voting was delayed by 30 minutes at most polling stations in the capital, and state radio reported longer delays in the rural areas.

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