Rwanda Decides: Diaspora Casts Votes in Presidential Poll

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By Buningwire William

Rwanda’s global diaspora of just over 44,000 people has begun casting their votes for the election of the country’s next president.

According to the Rwanda electoral commission over 44,000 Diasporans will cast their votes today from 98 polling stations, up from about 17,000 voters in the 2010 presidential poll.

Rwandans in Uganda today are full filling their constitutional right of voting the next president who we lead the country for the next 7 years.

Over 7000 voters are expected to cast their votes at the Rwandan embassy in Uganda

The Rwandan High Commission in Uganda did their best in finalizing preparations for thousands of nationals to exercise their constitutional right to vote for the next president.

Rwandans in Ethiopia exercising their civic rights as RwandaDecides

According to the high commission officials in Uganda over 7,000 voters from different parts of Uganda are expected to storm in today to cast their vote at the embassy in Kampala. The contest is between incumbent President Paul Kagame (RPF-Inkotanyi), Frank Habineza (Democratic Green Party of Rwanda), and Philippe Mpayimana, an independent.

However, the elections will go by the constitutional law and so the only people to cast their votes will be holding their legal documents, like national identity cards.

According to NEC Overall, some 6.8 Rwandans will participate in the poll, 25 per cent of whom are first-time voters. Women constitute 54 per cent of the electorate, while 45 per cent are youth.

 

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