Preparations of upcoming presidential polls slated in August 2017 are on course, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) has reassured.
“We have had a steady tread in preparations of upcoming presidential elections because we started earlier. Voters’ registers are being updated with great participation of all voters,” said NEC chairperson Prof Kalisa Mbanda.
Prof Mbanda unveiled that members of diaspora were also facilitated to update voters’ register.
“We sat together with stakeholders including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National ID Agency (NIDA), Immigration and Emigration office and outlined guidelines that were sent to embassies to be respected while updating voters’ register . They will use written documents or other platforms used in Rwanda,” he said.
Mbanda reiterated that NEC has already invited election observers from inside and outside the country.
“We sent invitations to all bodies from partner countries that can play a role in elections, embassies representing their countries to Rwanda, commissions from regional countries, civil society among other institutions concerned with elections. Some invitations were confirmed,” he said.
NEC executive secretary, Munyaneza Charles has explained that presidential polls preparations stand above 90%.
“We find preparations standing above 90% considering planned activities. This year, we spent the budget worth Rwf 5.2 billion on polls preparations. The government will give us more Rwf 1.4 billion to complete planned activities including follow up of campaigns, training over 75,000 volunteers and offering civic education courses,” he said.
- The National Electoral Commission chairperson, Prof Kalisa Mbanda