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A 30-member African Union election observation mission arrived on Wednesday in Kigali for the parliamentary elections in Rwanda slated for September this year.It is headed by the former Foreign Affairs minister of Niger, Aichatou Mindaoudou Souleymane.
In total, about 400 international observers from more than 20 countries are expected to monitor Rwanda’s parliamentary election on 3 and 4 September.
Besides international observers, nearly 2,000 local observers from political parties and others from national associations and civil society organizations in the country are also expected to monitor the election.
Five political parties will contest in the parliamentary election, which will see some 7.1 million people cast their ballots, according to the National Election Commission, NEC.
Among the parties are the ruling Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF), the Social Democratic Party (PSD), the Liberal Party (PL), the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda (DGPR) and Socialist Party (PS) – Imberakuri.
According to the schedule, the parliamentary elections are set for September 2, 2018 for the Diaspora who will vote from their respective embassies while voters in Rwanda will cast their ballots the next day.
On September 4, people will vote for the special interest groups which include women representatives, youth and persons with disabilities, the NEC said.Source: APA
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