By Sandra Birungi
The parliamentary Rwanda elections are just a month away and campaigns have already kicked off in the country.
Ruling party, RPF-Inkotanyi has pledged more progress and dignity for the Rwandans as they launched their campaigns yesterday, Monday 26th. President Paul Kagame launched the campaigns in Kampnyi district. The ruling party is competing together with four other parties, Ideal Democratic Party (PDI), Parti Socialiste Rwandais (PSR), Parti du Progrès et la Concorde (PPC) and Centrist Democratic Party (PDC).
The elections are scheduled to take place on September 16. “RPF has never expected to achieve anything on a silver platter. We have always and will continue to work hard to achieve our collective goals. We pledge development, electricity and water for all, as well as continuous improvement in healthcare and education,” he said as the campaigns were launched.
The elections are going to be monitored by over 174 observers according to the National Electoral Commission executive secretary Charles Munyaneza. The observers will come from the civil society, human rights organizations, foreign embassies, regional and international electoral commissions and the European Union.
“It is imperative for us to have the election observers to enhance transparency and credibility of the electoral process,” said Munyaneza. According to the National Electoral commission, 410 candidates will compete in the elections. About 28,000 Rwandans in the Diaspora are expected to vote at embassies after most of them having registered online.