With less than week to the Rwandan General Elections, the regional body, East African Community (EAC) has launched its Observer Mission that will oversee the presidential polls. According to the mission leader, former Kenyan Vice President Moody Awori, the mission is in the country following an invitation from the National Elections Body of Rwanda and in accordance with the provisions of the EAC treaty.
The EAC Elections Observation Mission comprises of 30 members drawn from the East African Legislative Assembly, civil society groups, EAC Youth Ambassadors, electoral management bodies in the respective member states and the EAC secretariat. The short term mission arrived in the country on 26th July and was preceded by the long term mission that jetted in the East African state ten days earlier.
The mission will observe voting and counting processes, through deployment of ten team to all provinces and the country’s 30 districts. “We are committed to a free, fair and transparent elections. We will carry out duties in an impartial manner guided by the African charter on elections and governance,” added Honourable Moody Awori. “We will release our preliminary statements on 6th August and later after conclusion of the whole electoral process.” More than 6 million Rwandans will be casting their votes on August 4th, in an elections where the ruling party, RPF, Rwandan Patriotic Front, and the incumbent president Paul Kagame are tipped to win.