Burundi cuts off social media on election day

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Social media sites in Burundi have become unavailable as voting kicked off Wednesday across the East African country.

Sources has confirmed that access to Twitter, Whatsapp and Facebook has been blocked.

Only those using Virtual Private Network (VPN), which hides the identity of a user, have been able to access social media sites.

The progress has not been commented on by the Government.

Early morning polling stations were opened and the journalist Moses Havyarimana tweeted a picture of the turnout at one station:

Human rights organisations had urged the government not to block the internet on voting day because it would hinder access to crucial election information.

Critics say the outage will also affect the opposition who will be unable to flag electoral malpractices.

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