KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
The 2017 presidential elections in Rwanda is
projected to cost less than previous elections in 2010,
according to the National Electoral Commission (NEC) top
reporters on Monday, NEC Executive Secretary Charles Munyaneza
said Rwf 5.5 billion (around 6.9 million U.S. dollars) has been
set aside for the forthcoming elections scheduled for August
presidential elections budget has reduced because we are
catering for a few voting materials compared to 2010
presidential polls when we had to spend money on almost
everything which pushed the budget to 8.7 million U.S. dollars,”
the money will fund different activities that will be crucial
during the election period, for instance trainings for specific
categories of people like youth, women, media and people with
disabilities as well as election awareness campaign materials.
According to the
NEC, the government will fund at least 95 percent of the budget
and the rest will come from development partners.
The election date is
yet to be set through a Presidential Order, and it is expected
to be known to the public before the end of the year.
NEC says that the
presidential poll month is August 2017 according to
Previous elections were also held in
About 6.6 million
Rwandans are currently registered as voters, an increase of 1.4
million from 2010 presidential elections.
Voter registers will
be updated in November and May 2017 while a final register will
be issued in July 2017.
Paul Kagame is expected to seek a third term in 2017, after the
approval of constitutional changes.
Kagame has been
president since 2000, and was then elected in 2003 and 2010.