President Paul Kagame has been reelected to the highest political seat in the land with a massive landslide, Chimp Corps report.
The National Electoral Commission said in a brief statement that 74 percent of preliminary results nationwide showed Kagame had already bagged 5.4 million votes, representing 98.6 percent.
The preliminary results also indicated that opposition figures Frank Habineza and Phillipe Mpayimana trailed with 0.45 percent and 0.72 percent respectively.
The RPF Chairman thanked all party supporters for voting him as President of Rwanda as well as political parties that have supported him.
“The story of RPF Inkotanyi is one of overcoming challenges,” said Kagame, adding, “We are where we are today because we have worked together.”
Kagame said work begins immediately to “continue transforming Rwanda and ensuring a dignified life for every citizen.”
The resounding victory follows intense campaigns all over the country that saw Kagame’s rallies attracted millions of supporters.
Kagame concentrated on selling his party’s agenda of fighting poverty, transforming rural areas and consolidating gains of the RPF.
He also used the platforms to slam western critics who accuse him of dictatorship.
“Despite the critics of our democracy, you have proven that Rwandans know what they want,” said Kagame.
Kagame’s reelection means he will serve for 7 more years till 2024.
The Constitution allows him to contest after the expiry of the new term but he has since said he won’t run again.