The two ballots on 22 March were conducted amid an atmosphere of high tension marked by violence which left a number of people dead. These acts of violence and the disproportionate use of force by law enforcement officials are unacceptable.
The non-inclusive and non-consensual nature of the ballots and of the electoral register undermines the credibility of these elections. The lack of any recognised regional or international observation also calls into question the validity of the process. Inter-community divisions are widening dangerously.
The European Union reiterates its support for the initiatives of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union and the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) which could help restore the electoral process, defuse tensions and re‑establish dialogue between all parties.