Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Rwanda: Rwanda Decides – Over 260 Observers Accredited for July Elections

More than 260 electoral observers have been accredited for the July 2024 presidential and parliamentary polls in Rwanda, according to the National Electoral Commission (NEC).

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Charles Munyaneza, the Executive Secretary said that as of June 20, NEC had accredited 267 electoral observers, and they include 61 who are from international institutions. He added that others are still applying for the observer mission.

Information The New Times received from NEC shows that the international observers include six from the Embassy of Japan, three from Embassy of Zimbabwe, four from Embassy of Netherlands, one from Australian High Commission, eight from African Electoral Alliance-Uganda, and six from CNE-Angola [Angola National Electoral Commission (CNE)].

There are also 25 observers from ONG Nouvelle Perspective-Cameroon, an international non-governmental organisation for the promotion of peace and social justice in the world; one from International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) which is an intergovernmental organisation that supports democracy worldwide; and two from Economic Community of the Great Lakes Countries (CEPGL).

According to an electoral calendar by NEC for presidential and parliamentary elections, invitation and accreditation of election observers was scheduled from March 15 to July 14.

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Based on past records, majority of people apply for observer mission when elections approach, Munyaneza indicated, pointing out that there are requirements for the requests to be granted.

“A person does not just become an observer, there are terms and conditions for that. There are requirements including justifying that the applicant is from an entity that already offers such a service [election observation],” he said, adding that the purpose of observation is to ensure that the public knows the commission’s performance regarding elections.