Burundi Election: Votes Counted as Pierre Nkurunziza Seeks Third Term

A civilian jumps over a burning barricade of rocks erected by residents to protect themselves from police, in a northern district of the capital Bujumbura, in Burundi Thursday, May 14, 2015. Gunfire and explosions rang out in Burundi's capital on Thursday as military forces backing an attempted coup against President Pierre Nkurunziza battled it out with forces loyal to the elected leader. (AP Photo/Erik Esbjornsson)
A civilian jumps over a burning barricade of rocks erected by residents to protect themselves from police, in a northern district of the capital Bujumbura, in Burundi Thursday, May 14, 2015. Gunfire and explosions rang out in Burundi's capital on Thursday as military forces backing an attempted coup against President Pierre Nkurunziza battled it out with forces loyal to the elected leader. (AP Photo/Erik Esbjornsson)
A civilian jumps over a burning barricade of rocks erected by residents to protect themselves from police, in a northern district of the capital Bujumbura, in Burundi Thursday, May 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Erik Esbjornsson)

(BBC) – Votes are being counted in Burundi, where there is tension over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to stand for a third consecutive term.

Just under three-quarters of the country’s 3.8m eligible voters turned out on Tuesday after a night of gunfire and explosions that claimed two lives.

The US State Department has joined critics saying the election lacks credibility. The government accuses the opposition of provoking violent protests.

President Nkurunziza is running for a third term despite a limit of two terms in the constitution. Results are expected on Thursday.

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