Rwanda electoral body has said results from the presidential elections set for tomorrow will be delivered in two or three days after the voting exercise.
More than 6.8 million Rwandans will cast their vote in an election pitting incumbent Paul Kagame against two other contenders; Opposition Democratic Green party’s Frank Habineza and Philippe Mpayimana, an Independent candidate.
National Electoral Commission Executive Secretary, Charles Munyaneza told this website in an interview that all election materials have been dispatched to the different polling stations around the country.
“We are set with everything required to have a smooth election,” Munyaneza said, adding that preliminary results will be released by the end of the voting day.
The country has over 6.8 million registered voters plus about 44,000 in the diaspora, with about 16,000 polling stations.
Munyaneza further assured voters that security will be under control: “We have worked very closely with security personnel, especially the police. Generally we don’t have any concerns related to security and we are very confident that elections will go on very peacefully.”
He also hailed Rwandans living in Uganda for turning up in big numbers today to cast their votes.
“Looking at the turn-up in Uganda, it looked as if it was in Rwanda. So I thank the people there who turned up and voted calmly,” Munyereza said.
Rwandan nationals in Uganda lined up as early as 4am at their High Commission offices in Kitante, a Kampala suburb, to participate in the process.
Rwanda High Commissioner to Uganda, Maj Gen Frank Mugambage, said the big turnup indicates that the Rwandans appreciated the progress in the country.