NEC pushed into abandoning social media censoring project

Published by IGIHE
On 1 June 2017 saa 05:02
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The National Electoral Commission (NEC) has finally relented to the surging pressure and accepted to modify the recently announced order of censoring social media messages from presidential candidates and their agents before they are posted on different platforms.

“NEC’s mission is to ensure free, fair and safe elections. We will adjust social media regulations based on public feedback,” NEC has informed the public via twitter account.

The move to alter polls regulations follows various comments from concerned people expressing disappointment over social media censorship decision.

Commenting on NEC’s decision via twitter account, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo expressed disappointment saying “I strongly respect the National Electoral Commission but I disagree with licensing Rwandans on social media messages… majority of Rwandans are mature and law-abiding; the few abusers should face the law, instead of restricting citizens’ views.”

Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) also castigated the decision taken by National Electoral Commission (NEC)to censor presidential candidates’ social media messages and assured citizens of their rights saying NEC has no right to interfere with citizens’ freedom of expression.

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The National Electoral Commission chairperson, Prof Kalisa Mbanda