EAC Observers to 2017 Rwanda Presidential Elections flagged off
East African Community Secretariat; Kigali, Rwanda; 31 July 2017:
The Head of the EAC Election Observer Mission (EOM) to the 2017 Rwandan Presidential Election, former Kenyan Vice President Moody Awori, today flagged off 30 Observers who will assess the election in the 30 districts of the country.
Mr. Awori, who flagged off the 10 teams at a Kigali hotel, thanked the people of Rwanda for conducting themselves with maturity in the ongoing election campaigns.
“I trust that you will uphold dignity and peace even on the Election Day and thereafter,” he said.
The former Vice President further said that a transparent and peaceful election will be a plus not just for Rwanda but for the entire EAC region as well.
“The sovereign will of the people expressed through a democratic process is a guarantee for peace, stability and economic growth,” he said, adding that Rwanda had set a good example for the rest of the continent over the past two decades.
“Rwanda is a small country with big ideas but its resilient recovery from a painful past is a remarkable lesson for Africa whose citizens all yearn for peace and development,” he said.
“Your experience shows that with political commitment and sheer determination, there is no limit to humanity’s potential to achieve.”
The EAC has deployed a total of 10 teams of EAC Observers to all Provinces of Rwanda sampling 30 districts to assess the level of preparedness of the elections as well as the polling process.
The Mission will issue a statement of its preliminary findings on the elections on 6th August, 2017 through a press conference with a comprehensive report subsequently being issued by the EAC through its policy organs after the end of the electoral process in Rwanda.
The Rwandan presidential election, which will be held on 4th August, 2017, is will be contested by the incumbent president Paul Kagame of the Rwandan Patriotic Front, Frank Habineza of the Democratic Green Party and journalist Philippe Mpayimana who is running as an independent candidate.
The EOM comprises 30 short-term observers drawn from the East African Legislative Assembly, national Human Rights Commissions, Electoral Management Bodies, Civil Society, EAC Youth Ambassadors and the Staff of the EAC Secretariat.
The Mission arrived in Kigali on 26th July, 2017 and will remain in the country until 7th August, 2017. It was preceded by a team of election experts from the EAC Partner States who arrived on 16th July, 2017.
The Mission will observe the concluding stages of the election campaigns and engage with various stakeholders as well as observe the voting and counting processes on and after 4th August, 2017.
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