It is all smiles for RPF members continue to party country and worldwide as their candidate, incumbent president Paul Kagame, takes full control of landing a third term in a row as the head of state, leading landslide polls at over 98 per cent while independent candidate Philippe Mpayimana becomes a distant runner-up ahead of Green Party’s Frank Habineza.
Close to seven million Rwandans took part in this year’s presidential elections. Of the 6,897,076 electors, women make up 54% of electors, while men make up 46%. Of these, 45% are youth while 254,796 were first time voters.
A total of 44,362 Rwandans abroad voted at 98 polling stations across the world where Kagame leads with 98.95%, Frank Habineza 0.45% and Philippe Mpayimana 0.13%.
According to NEC’s Preliminary Results National Wide, with 80 per cent of votes already counted, Paul Kagame has the reason to start celebrating after 5,433,890 voters countrywide, making up 98.66 per cent, voted for him. Up next is Phillipe Mpayimana who was voted by 39,620, corresponding to 0.72per cent of total votes while Frank Habineza comes at the bottom list with 24,904 votes, that is 0.45 per cent.
1800 observers, including 400 from the international community observed the elections in different sites across the country while 70,675 citizens volunteered to assist in the elections in different polling stations across the country.
A simple reaction to Kagame’s victory was spoken out by attributing it to those who wanted him to continue with them build the country they want while he felt no fear to let the best keep going with Rwandans once given a tick.
Kagame simply said, “I had no problem with transferring power to another candidate in case he wins no matter what. You [his supporters] wanted me to continue, I did it”
Mpayimana, on the other side, said the will of the people of Rwanda should be respected whether the outcome favor him or not
“It is clear the winner is RPF Candidate Paul Kagame and I congratulate him. I respect the will of people of Rwanda,” he said, a speech which excited Olivier Nduhungirehe, the Ambassador of Rwanda in Belgium, who reacted on his Twitter timeline, “ Just watched Philippe Mpayimana on @rbarwanda. I like his fair play and positive spirit. He has now entered the political landscape in Rwanda”
The provisional results at 100 per cent will be released today afternoon even though they could change nothing on undisputed Kagame’s victory.
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