Provisional results from Burundi's parliamentary elections, that were boycotted by most of the opposition groups, show the ruling party has won a majority of the seats.

Electoral Commission chairman Claver Ndayicariye said Tuesday the ruling party CNDD-FDD has won 77 of 100 seats that were being contested.

Burundi has been rocked by protests ahead of the elections this year because of President Pierre Nkurunziza's push for a third term in office.

Protesters say Nkurunziza must go after serving two terms, the maximum allowed under the country's constitution. But Nkurunziza's supporters say he is eligible for a third term because he was chosen by lawmakers — and not popularly elected — for his first term, and the constitutional court has ruled in the president's favor.