Rwandans went to the polls on Monday to choose who would lead their nation for the next seven year term. The incumbent President, Paul Kagame, beat the three other candidates to emerge the winner with 93.08 percent of the overall votes. Our Senior Reporter, Nasra Bishumba, sought out foreigners living in Rwanda and below are their thoughts on the elections:
Richard Kabonero; Ugandan High Commissioner:
The will of the Rwandan people was shown on the day they went to the polls. They exercised their right and voted in a truly democratic environment.
I would also like to congratulate the National Electoral Commission (NEC) for organizing and executing an orderly and peaceful election. I am sure that all East African countries can learn a lot from the Rwandan election, especially, the organization of the process where polling stations were open so early, election materials available and the way all the voters carried on the voting process.
I would like to congratulate President Paul Kagame, the people of Rwanda and the Rwandese Patriotic Front (RPF) upon their election victory.