The African Union and the United Nationa have raised concerns about the clashes in Burundi between rival supporters during campaigns ahead of next Wednesday’s presidential and parliamentary elections.
The two organisations have appealed to all sides to refrain from any acts of violence and urged the security forces to ensure the elections are fair.
Human Rights groups said that close to 150 opposition members have been arrested since the country’s election campaigns started three weeks ago.
President Pierre Nkurunziza is not in the running for the presidential spot ut he is expected to remain politically powerful after parliament approved legislation that gives the title of “supreme guide to patriotism” after he steps down as leader of the nation.
Election campaigning ended on Sunday and voting will take place on May 20.