The Inspector General of Police, Emmanuel K. Gasana, yesterday received a team of African Union observers whom he reassured that the elections will be conducted in a peaceful, safe and smooth manner.
The IGP briefed the African Union observer delegation, led by the former President of Mali, Dioncounda Traore, on the security situation in the country and reassured to them of peaceful, safe, and smooth elections.
The IGP underscored that the police established a security campaign plan for the entire electoral period – before, during, and after the elections.
He informed the observers that thus far the campaign period was incident free and reassured them that the elections will be conducted in a secure environment.
“We drew a whole security plan at the national level to ensure that the whole process is not disrupted,” IGP Gasana said.
Further, the IGP informed the delegation that the mission of the police during the elections is to secure polling centers and to provide the escort of electoral materials; security to officials of the electoral commission, election observers, and the general public.
“We have successfully secured all campaign venues, ensured the security of candidates and their entourage, and safety on roads as part of overall mission of homeland security,” the IGP emphasized, adding that this is ensuring overall security is a collaborative effort with other security entities and the public.
His Excellency Traore, on his part, observed that the AU observer mission in Rwanda is a duty that is informed by African solidarity.
He acknowledged that the prevailing security situation was satisfactory pointing out that Rwanda offers a great example to other African countries in terms of election preparedness.
“We know, and the world knows, that Rwanda is safe; Africa has a lot to learn from Rwanda …We all know Rwanda’s past and where you are today” he said.
Mr. Traore concluded by wishing Rwandans “successful” elections and laid emphasis on the need for other African countries to “emulate this model of preparing and conducting elections” which he said is “proof that Africa can do things on its own.”