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Date:04 Aug 2017
#RwandaElections: Polls close in a one-horse presidential race.

Voting has officially ended in Rwanda as citizens came out to cast their vote in an election that many have called a one-horse race. This is the third presidential election since the 1994 genocide. 
 
Polls opened at 0700 local time, and closed at 1500. Counting is ongoing, and the Rwanda National Electoral Commission is expected to announce preliminary results later today. 
 
Voting at the 2,340 polling stations nationwide was generally smooth and peaceful. Voter turnout is expected to be high given the numbers from previous years (98.32% in 2015 referendum, 97.51% in 2010 presidential elections, 96.55% in 2003 presidential elections). For the first time, the visually impaired were able to vote using Braille technology. 
 
Even though there are three candidates vying for the presidency, it is expected that incumbent leader President Paul Kagame who is seeking a third term, will win in today’s elections. Kagame won both the 2003 and 2010 elections by 95% and 93% respectively. 
 
Even though Kagame is popular and has been credited for Rwanda’s stability and economic growth, he has also been accused of political repression. International observers have expressed concern, particularly with the constitutional amendment that was approved in 2015 which removed the two-term limit and allowed Kagame to run again. 
 
Observer missions from the African Union (AU) and the Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) have expressed confidence in the ability of the national agencies involved in the election to deliver credible results. 
 
Close to 7 million voters were expected to vote in these elections. Of this number, 54% are female, 46% are male, 45% are youth, and 0.6% are members of the Diaspora. The president is elected directly through a single majority, for a 7-year term. After the 2024 elections, this term will be reduced to 5 years. 




 
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