Electoral Commission says all is set as Rwandan head to polls

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On 2 August 2017 saa 12:49
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Rwandans in the Diaspora will cast their vote tomorrow while voters in the country will make their choice on who will lead the country’s transformation agenda for the next seven years on Friday 4th August.

The National Electoral Commission (NEC) has said that all is set for Rwandans to cast their votes starting from August 3rd for those in diaspora and August 4th.
NEC has said that distribution of voting materials to all the country’s 30 districts has been carried out without any incident, and will now deliver the materials to polling centers at the cell level.

The Executive Secretary of NEC, Charles Munyaneza, has told IGIHE that what remains was to make sure that voting materials are delivered to the respective polling stations before time.

NEC has set up 2,340 polling centers and 16,691 polling rooms. “All the polling materials have reached the district stations, the next step is ensuring that they will be transported to the centers where the voting is going to take place,” Munyaneza said.
Over 6.8 million registered voters are expected to cast their votes during the 2017 Rwandan presidential election.

The entire election process has been organized at an estimated Rwf6.2 billion. This year, the number of voters has increased by 1.7 million, up from 5.1 million that voted in the last elections. 54 per cent of voters are female.
NEC has also noted that there are 98 polling centers in the Diaspora where 44,362 people are registered to cast their votes at embassies or consulates.

Over 1780 observers are set to monitor the elections this year. The mission observers from COMESA early this week said that they will dispatch observers to all the provinces in the country.