This despite an opposition boycott and weeks of protests over president's plan to seek a third term.
Move follows weeks of political turmoil after President Pierre Nkurunziza announced bid for third term.
Plan to restrict presidents to two terms in office has been dropped for the time being by heads of state.
President Omar al-Bashir was re-elected with 94% of the vote as opposition boycotted poll.
Condemns Nigeria's decision to recall its ambassador over a spate of attacks against foreigners.
Many have criticized the bill, aimed at protecting police, as an assault on freedom of expression.
Technical issues, fatal shootings by Boko Haram militants mar election.
Morocco recalled ambassador amid accusations authorities used king in election campaign.
Some observers think the early polls will emphasize the futility of the electoral process, and usher in more instability.Africa,lesotho,South Africa,Natalie Shure
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