Paul Kagame in Early Lead as NEC Releases Provisional Results

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After 20 years in power, Rwanda President Paul Kagame just seems to be getting more and more popular.

The RPF candidate Paul Kagame 59, is leading in the Presidential polls with a total of  54582 votes(99.38%) so far counted – with this margin the Rwanda Patriotic Front party could be destined to take the presidency and manage the country for the next 7-years.

On Friday night National Electoral Commission presented to the nation 40% of the total votes so far counted. Then another 60% will follow. By end of tonight, NEC said it should be able to relay some 70% of the results.

Thousands of Rwandans turned out to vote in polling stations across the country in an election where President Paul Kagame is expected to win his third term by a landslide.

“Kagame, Paul. Kagame, Paul,” read out election officials from the vast majority of ballots at one polling station in Niboyi sector of Kicukiro district as counting began after a peaceful day of voting across the country.

Rwandans in the diaspora also voted on Thursday in 98 polling stations across the world, with the exception of neighbouring Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo where Rwanda national electoral commission said security concerns made it difficult to organise safe voting.

Kagame was first appointed as a president by lawmakers in 2000 before being elected in 2003 and again in 2010 with 93.08 percent of votes.

President Paul Kagame is credited with a remarkable turnaround of the once a shattered nation, which boasts annual economic growth of about seven percent, is safe, clean and does not tolerate corruption. Rwanda also has the highest number of female lawmakers in the world.

Kagame is faced only two challengers: Frank Habineza from the small Democratic Green Party and the only Philippe Mpayimana, a little-known independent candidate and former journalist.

His confidence comes after 98 percent of Rwandans approved a constitutional amendment in a 2015 referendum that granted him the right to run for a third term in office.

Preliminary Results in Musanze

Paul Kagame: 16350 = 98.84%

Frank Habineza: 35 = 0.21%

Phillipe Mpayimana: 133 = 0.8%

 

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