KIGALI - The Rwanda National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) has said that the rights of candidates in the recently concluded presidential elections and their supporters were properly observed.
In a press statement released by the commission’s president, Sylvie Zainabu Kayitesi yesterday, the candidates campaigned with mutual respect and that there was no mudslinging
“The rights of all candidates to equally use the national media was observed,” a statement reads in part.
The commission followed up all the candidates’ campaigns rallies in all parts of the country from July 20 to August 7.
It also oversaw campaign rallies by all parties and the election D-day preparations on August 8 where it observed that the secret voting booths were well built for the secret ballot and that hygiene, security and election materials arrived on time at the polling stations, according to a statement.
On election D-day, the commission also sent its observers in all 30 districts in the country who visited 286 polling stations across the country.
“The elections were calm, free and fair and conducted peacefully,. The Presidential elections were well organized both in preparations, campaigns and on the election D-day.” the statement adds.
The commission commended the steps taken by Rwandans in the democratic process based on their right to vote for the candidate of their choice.