Rwandans vote in parliamentary elections

Nile Post News

Voting has began in Rwanda’s parliamentary elections, which are expected to cement the ruling Rwanda Patriotic Front’s absolute majority.

The poll will be held over three days at 2500 polling stations across the country.

More than 500 candidates from five political parties and four independent candidates are vying for the seats, but political analysts expect President Paul Kagame’s party to retain its large majority.

The RPF currently holds 76 per cent of seats in parliament.

On Sunday, people with disabilities and Rwandans living abroad are allowed to cast their vote, followed on Monday by the election of 53 members of parliament.

On Tuesday, voters are scheduled to elect the 24 female and two youth lawmakers.

Final results are expected to be announced on September 16.

Agencies

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