Rwanda Decides: Voting under way in referendum

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Over half of the Rwandan population is heading to polling stations across the country which nearly 3.8m petitioners passionately pushed for. Voters are answering “Yes” or “No” to the referendum question- that gives President Kagame a chance to bid for another term in office.

Rwanda Decides: Voting under way in referendum

According to the National Electoral Commission, 6,392,867 voters registered on electoral list to vote in the referendum of the 2003 constitution whose recent amendments was approved by lawmakers in November 2015. Polls opened in the capital Kigali on time at 7:00 am (0500 GMT).

Hon Benard Makuza, Senate president casting his vote

Hon Benard Makuza, Senate president casting his vote

A  young  woman  called   Uwabeza who residents  in DRC  crossed over  to  vote  in  the  referendum in Rubavu district.

A  young  woman  called   Uwabeza who residents  in DRC  crossed over  to  vote  in  the  referendum in Rubavu district.

Yesterday, December 17, 2015, elections took place in diaspora where 37,476 voters were registered. The 2012 Rwanda’s population census estimated Rwandan people to be 10,537,222 people as of August 15th 2012.

Yesterday, December 17, 2015, elections took place in diaspora where 37,476 voters were registered. The 2012 Rwanda’s population census estimated Rwandan people to be 10,537,222 people as of August 15th 2012.

Religious leaders also turned up to cast their votes.

Religious leaders also turned up to cast their votes.

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Popular local artists Intore Masamba ready after casting his vote.

Popular local artists Intore Masamba ready after casting his vote.

Vice president of chamber of Deputies Hon. Jeanne d'Arc UWIMANIMPAYE ready to cast her vote at Amahoro Stadium polling station.

Vice president of chamber of Deputies Hon. Jeanne d’Arc UWIMANIMPAYE ready to cast her vote at Amahoro Stadium polling station.

Yesterday, elections were underway in all 32 Rwandan diplomatic missions abroad except in Burundi where the polls were cancelled because of security concerns.

"There is no secret, I will vote yes," said the 67 old man, waiting in a line of around a hundred people to vote at a school in Kigali as polls opened.

“There is no secret, I will vote yes,” said the 67 old man, waiting in a line of around a hundred people to vote at a school in Kigali as polls opened.

 

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