The head of the electoral observatory mission of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Bishop Mary Nkosi, said that since her delegation arrived in Rwanda, they have not encountered any security related issues and that security organs have since been operating and enabling campaign effects.
The 15-member COMESA observers have been in Rwanda since July 30 to monitor the August 4 presidential elections.
Speaking during a meeting with the Inspector General of Police, (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana, yesterday, Bishop Nkosi said: “Since the time we arrived in Rwanda, we have been following campaigns of the three candidates, and so far, security is very elaborate.”
“We have not encountered any issue and are looking forward to safe and secure elections,” said Nkosi
“The efficiency level at which the police has been operating is an indication that the security plan is well drawn out.”
IGP Gasana briefed the COMESA delegation about the security preparations before, during and after elections.
The Police Chief explained that the force works closely with all parties involved in the elections, including the National Electoral Commission as well as other security organs to ensure that Rwandans cast their votes in a calm and secure environment.
“Together with NEC, we have established effective coordination mechanisms for close follow up on compliance with the rules and regulations governing elections,” he said.
The IGP emphasized that well equipped police officers have been deployed at all 2341 polling centers to ensure security and safety of the electorate before, during and after the elections.
He further said that RNP also provided escort services and guarding of all electoral materials right from NEC headquarters to the polling centers.
He assured observers that all is set for smooth and safe elections.
Presidential campaigns ended on August 2, with all candidates commending security organs for ensuring that their rallies are conducted in a secure environment and incident-free.