Rwandans are today exercising their franchise in elections to choose a president from among three candidates.
The incumbent Paul Kagame leading the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), is facing two other contenders; Frank Habineza of the Democratic Green Party and Philippe Mpanyimana, an independent candidate.
It is Rwanda’s third presidential election after the 1994 genocide. Kagame has won the previous polls (2003, 2010) with over 95%.
Over 6.8 million citizens are expected to participate in the elections. There are over 2,340 polling stations set up across the country. Voting started at 7 am and it will close at 3 p.m to pave way for the counting process with over 70% of the primary election results to be released by 11 p.m tomorrow.
Yesterday, Rwandans in the Diaspora cast their vote at 98 polling stations in different countries. Over 44,000 registered Diaspora are expected to have voted yesterday on August 3rd, 2017.
NEC officials said about 2000 observers will be closely following the election inside the country.
Kagame cast his vote from his home area, at APE-Rugunga polling station, in Kigali’s Nyarugenge District, while Mpayimana voted from Camp Kigali Primary School, also in Nyarugenge.
Habineza voted from Kimironko II Primary School polling station in Kigali’s Gasabo District.