Burundi Says Citizens Helping Fund Polls

Burundi's government has received donations from citizens to help fund the presidential polls and other elections and hopes Western donors will reverse a decision to halt election aid to avert more chaos. Gervais Abayeho said the government had earmarked its own election funds and guaranteed voting would go ahead before Aug. 26, the end of the current term of President Pierre Nkurunziza, whose bid for a third mandate has led to protests. For more than a month, demonstrators have clashed with police, saying the president is violating the constitution by running.