Everything is ready for a flawless referendum – NEC
The National Electoral Commission (NEC) Chairman Prof. Kalisa Mbanda has said that Rwanda is prepared to have a free and fair elections on the constitution referendum, slated for December 17 and 18.
Prof. Kalisa said that NEC has what it takes in place to ensure a success of the voting exercise and the election final results of the peopleâ€™s voice on the new 2015 constitution will be announced with two days after the voting date.
â€œWe have prepared Rwandans and educated them on their rights to vote for the constitution. We have done this with the help of volunteers and teaching aids, which have been used at all levels. We are now ready to do our job as usualâ€ Kalisa said.
Kalisa made the remarks while addressing a press conference at the NEC head office this December 10, 2015.
â€œNEC expects 6.4 million Rwandans to vote, the commission have already supplied votersâ€™ cards, we have ballot boxes ready in stores and we shall also be printing ballot papers early next week,â€ he said.
The National Electoral Commission has allocated Rwf2 billion for upcoming referendum and close to 68,000 election volunteers are expected to assist the commission.
Charles Munyaneza, NEC Executive Secretary said the budget is not a problem since a number of facilities have been put in place since the last constitution referendum held in 2003.
â€œThere are no other extra expenses as before. We have built institutions and facilities over the years and what is needed now is emphasis on sensitization through local governments, public institutions, parastatals and faith-based organisationsâ€ Munyaneza said.
Though Rwandans in diaspora will be able to participate in the voting, some of them will be in Rwanda for the national dialogue and holidays but the commission says that they will have to present a travel document showing temporal stay in the country or by providing a consular voting card.
The Constitution says any changes to Article 101 on presidential term limits can only be endorsed by the people through a referendum.