Today Rwandan community in the Diaspora worldwide woke early in the morning to cast their votes ahead of presidential polls, as they look to choose their preferred president to lead them for the next seven years.
They will be choosing between three official candidates, namely independent candidate Philippe Mpayimana, Green Party’s Frank Habineza and RPF’s incumbent Paul Kagame.
According to the National Commission of Elections, over 44,000 Rwandans registered to vote from Diaspora. Uganda is among those with biggest Rwandan communities.
Bwiza.com takes you to different polling stations in embassies and consulates from all corners of the world where poling sessions are taking place as envoys swear in to inaugurate the elections process at their respective embassies/consulates.
More than 2000 have casted there votes to participate in elections decides early in the morning of August 3, 2017. The elections ceremony was introduced by the swearing in of officials from the embassy in Kampala, led by Maj. General Frank Mugambage official guest and Cabinet Affairs Minister Stella Ford Mugabo, before officially introducing the elections session.
Belgium is also among homes to a highest number of Rwandan community. The elections are taking place at Rwanda’s embassy offices in Brussels while others cast their votes in Liege. Ambassador Olivier Nduhungirehe took oath before coordinating the elections process at the polls venue.
Elections are being held in two polling stations, Mombasa and Nairobi, to facilitate Rwandans from different directions of Kenya to smoothly elect their favorite President.
Current Gor Mahia duo Jacques Tuyisenga and compatriot Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza and his family left early in the morning to the Rwandan Commission to Kenya to vote.
More Rwandan communities from different parts of the world walked to their respective embassies to exercise their voting rights before casting their votes. They include those from Germany, Switzerland, Mozambique, Australia and many more.
It is reported a big number of voters who turned up for presidential elections in Seoul are youth, among whom the majority are university students in South Korea.
Rwanda community in India, turned to cast their votes in Bangalore, as over 100 Rwandans including university students and fresh patients transferred in India and tourists, all headed to the Rwandan Commission in India offices to votes for their preferred president.
Before the elections date in Diaspora arrives, Ambassador of Rwanda in USA, Mathilde Mukantabana, wrote on her Twitter timeline, “The wait is over, our voice will be heard tomorrow, August 3rd! Even across the oceans”
Rwandans in USA are casting their votes in different towns including Washington DC, New York City, Phoenix, Sacramento, Portland, Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Grand Rapids and South Bend among others.
Elsewhere like in China, Canada, Ethiopia, Djibouti, France are all participating in elections which are reportedly going smooth in each of the respective embassies/ High Commissions.
The Express News Rwanda