It does not take hundreds of years of a flourishing “democracy” and a fat bank account to carry out flawless and fair elections. It is the level of commitment put in by the state to let the people express themselves in a transparent process that counts.
At least that is what the Perceptions of Electoral Perception Index (PEI), a newly released report by Harvard University, says.
A survey conducted in the 73 countries that held parliamentary and presidential elections within an 18-month period, from July 2012 to December 2013, has come out with some interesting if not pleasant results for the National Electoral Commission (NEC).
The country was ranked highly; 15th on the global scale and topped the continent, for conducting a highly well oiled electoral process.
Rwanda has managed to confound its critics – and they are not in short supply – that it can match the best and even beat giants to the tape. That must be very gratifying to the NEC that had to move mountains in order to source funding for the elections as some development partners baulked at the last moment.
The success is an indication that when the will refuses to bend, there is always a way to beat the odds.