Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Rwanda: Electoral body to spend $1.8M less in 2017 presidential poll

Rwanda’s 2017 Presidential elections will cost less than the previous election held in 2010, the country’s National Electoral Commission (NEC) has said.

NEC Executive Secretary Charles Munyaneza said the country has set aside $6.9 million for the elections which will be held in August next year, that’s $1.8 million less than what was used in 2010.

“Next year presidential elections budget has reduced because we are catering for a few voting materials compared to 2010 presidential polls when we had to spend money on almost everything which pushed the budget to 8.7 million U.S. dollars,” he noted.

According to the NEC, the government will fund at least 95 percent of the budget and the rest will come from development partners.

About 6.6 million Rwandans are currently registered as voters, an increase of 1.4 million from 2010 presidential elections. Voter registers will be updated in November and May 2017 while a final register will be issued in July 2017.


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