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RWANDANS GO TO BALLOT.

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Rwandans turned up in record numbers on Monday to vote in the country’s second presidential election since the 1994 genocide. The incumbent Paul Kagame is poised to win the peaceful elections with a landslide because of the growth and economic stability he has ushered in the country. The Rwanda National Police which had deployed tight security country wide said that they had not recorded any single election violence or crime related incidence. The Rwanda National Police (RNP) has announced it has put in place new mechanisms to ensure today’s Presidential elections are peaceful. Eric Kayiranga, said that all police officers had been engaged in the electoral process in all parts of the country to protect the election materials, staff and voters at all polling stations around the country and the campaigns which kicked off July 20 and ended August 7 registered no case of violence. By Monday morning polling staff displayed empty ballot boxes to queues of voters in various parts of the country before ushering them into a partitioned marquee by early as 7 am. Election observers deployed all over Kigali City were optimistic the polls would be quiet and orderly. Observers from the African Union said they were impressed with what had been observed in the morning. Reports from difference teams in the country’s four provinces indicated that the process seemed to be peaceful. Information availed by the National Electoral Commission also indicated that elections by the Rwandan diaspora in the Nordic countries on Sunday attracted a record turn out in Stockholm, and the border towns of Malmö and Strömstad. Rwandans all over the world, including those in Nordic countries of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland were casting their ballots a day ahead of Monday’s elections in Rwanda. In Uganda, at least 5,000 Rwandans braved a day-long scotching sunshine on Sunday to choose a president at the Rwandan Embassy in Kampala.

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