RNP Warns Over Violation of Electoral Rules

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RNP spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Theos Badege,

Rwanda National Police (RNP) has called upon the general public and leaders in particular to respect legal instruments governing elections and campaigns, warning that appropriate action will be taken to anyone, who will be caught disrupting the electoral process.

RNP spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Theos Badege, said that although there is overall safety and security, either of candidates, at campaign venues and on roads, there are some people, who have been implicated in violation of the electoral rules and regulations.

“So far, we have received at least four formal complaints either from National Electoral Commission or some presidential candidates, about local leaders, who violated the electoral process and rights of presidential candidates,” ACP Badege said.

“Investigations are still ongoing in each of the four cases, but so far, police has arrested two local leaders in Rubavu District including the mayor, and the executive secretary of Busanze Sector in Nyaruguru District, over similar offences,” he added.

They are accused of decampaigning and inciting sabotage against some presidential candidates or trying to prevent candidates from holding rallies at some sites.

“All candidates are equal and have equal rights before the law, and that should be respected,” the spokesperson said.

He disclosed that similar incidents that were also reported in the sectors of Rwimiyaga and Gahara in Nyagatare and Kirehe districts, respectively, are under investigations.

He further appealed to local leaders to always facilitate and give priority to the weak people including the elderly, expecting mothers and people with disabilities at campaign sites, adding that election campaigns shouldn’t interfere with services both in public and private sectors.

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