KIGALI, (Xinhua) --
Senior officials from Rwanda’s Ministry
of Justice, National Electoral Commission and Rwanda
National Police (RNP) on Tuesday met here to discuss and
harmonize measures to ensure that the upcoming
presidential campaigns are incident-free throughout the
held at the RNP General Headquarters was chaired by
Minister of Justice and Attorney General Johnston
Busingye. It was also attended by the National Electoral
Commission (NEC) Executive Secretary Charles Munyaneza,
Inspector General of Police Emmanuel Gasana and other
called for all actors to ensure the calm and peaceful
elections scheduled for August 4. “For election to run
smoothly, everyone must come on board and work together
as a team. In the last 23 years, elections have been
conducted in a smooth, calm and peaceful manner, we
expect the same spirit in August the polls.”
He said with
diverse opinions interactions and openness there is no
climate of fear as some organizations have insinuated.
elections preparations are meant to ensure each one’s
rights are respected and maintained,” said the minister.
media to avoid publicizing divisive information, notably
division is not among the choices Rwanda is ever going
to make again.
that the measures have been in place to ensure election
run smoothly, he will ensure all Rwandans are secure
before, during and after elections.
provide security at polling stations and campaign rally
sites across the country,” he said.
appealed to the public to avoid and report rumours
intended to undermine peace and security during the
said NEC will set up a media center which will be
providing the news to the journalists at any time. “We
are going to set up a team to ensure you get credible
and reliable news about elections on time,” he added.
for three qualified presidential candidates will
officially begin on July 14 and end on August 3, just a
day before the elections.
million people will participate in this year’s
presidential elections, up from 5.7 million who
participated in 2010 presidential elections, according
to the NEC.
President Paul Kagame will seek re-election in the
election. Kagame has been president since 2000 when he
was elected transitional president by ministers and
members of parliament following the resignation of then
President Pasteur Bizimungu. Kagame was then reelected
in 2003 and 2010.