As Rwanda gets ready for next year’s presidential polls, early preparations are underway according to National Electoral Commission (NEC), with Rwf 5.5 billion already secured for facilitating the exercise, an amount that is Rwf500 million lower than the 2010 budget.
The executive secretary of NEC, Charles Munyaneza has told IGIHE that early preparations are meant to create awareness on elections process among citizens to foster their participation.
“We have started with several activities. Last week we trained various partners on national level on elections preparations, basics in laws guiding elections and the briefing of elections programs,” he said.
Trained individuals include representatives of 11 political parties, representatives of non-governmental organizations, women and youth representatives among others.
Charles Munyaneza explained that materials to be used in elections are being procured to be followed by voters’ register cleaning; adding new voters and removing the dead, an exercise that will run up to November 2016.
He explained that elections may take place next year in August on the same date of previous presidential elections.
Rwf 5.5 billion has been secured for the budget of next year’s presidential elections, down by Rwf 500 million from the budget of 2010 elections.