KIGALI - More than 90 percent of eligible voters in the Eastern Province turned out to vote in yesterday’s local leaders’ elections, representatives of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) have announced.
According to Frank Kayiranga, the NEC official in the province, the turnout was a sign of democracy.
“This shows that democracy has taken root in the rural villages and indeed the whole country,” Kayiranga said.
“The voters displayed maturity as they queued behind their leaders of choice...this is political maturity. The turnout was overwhelming, people know the importance of making a good choice,” he said.
James Bugwiza, one of the local leaders who retained his position, said that he was humbled by the support he got from the electorate.
He, however, noted that the people’s choice reflects his track record.
“I worked tirelessly to develop our village that is dominated by vulnerable residents. Two schools, electricity and water were brought in our village during my tenure. They have reason to seek my re-election,” he said.
Anastase Niyonsenga, a voter, said that he woke up very early in the morning, to re-elect a leader who has been helping people in his area.
He said a leader whose character promotes unity, peace and development should be supported for the common good of the community.
“The man I am standing behind is transparent, respects people of all ages and above all, he is not corrupt,” he said.
The Eastern Province also registered the highest voter turnout in the recently held Presidential elections.