The presidential elections held yesterday were conducted in a safe and secure environment as expected, Rwanda National Police (RNP) said.
RNP Spokesperson Theos Badege said the election was “flawless.”
“As expected, like before, Rwandans exercised their constitutional right with utmost discipline, which defined the smooth, secure and incident-free presidential elections,” said Badege.
The presidential election security plan involved escorting election materials to and from policing stations, ensuring safety of poling venues as well as safe movement of people on roads, which Badege said was fruitful and praised the public on their support and conduct.
“We can only urge the public to continue exhibiting this kind of partnership and responsible expression of their freedoms and rights, even during post-election celebrations,” he added.
Badege acknowledged the role played by other security entities, the Ministry of Local Government and Social Affairs, and the National Electoral Commission (NEC), as the leading institution in the electoral process, which helped ensure the safe and smooth running of the elections.
“This was another milestone in policing a major national event, an achievement we also attribute to all our esteemed policing partners. However, we should not relax; we all have to maintain this partnership in keeping our country safe,” he said.
The Police spokesperson emphasised the need to respect traffic rules to prevent road carnage, particularly during celebrations following the announcement of the results.
“Celebrate responsibly; if you are driving, keep your eyes on the road, and don’t drink and drive,” he said.