The National Electoral Commission (NEC) has called on all citizens eligible to vote to verify their particulars on the electoral roll in their respective cells and villages to ensure they are ready to participate in the forthcoming presidential election, slated for August next year.In a statement, the commission’s executive secretary, Charles Munyaneza, said voters should check with their local government offices to ensure information about their identification is accurate while those that have recently attained voting age can be registered to ensure no one is left out of the exercise. The two-week exercise starts today and will end on November 30, according to the statement. It will be carried out at the village and cell levels. The eligibility age for voting in Rwanda is 18 years.
The commission also urges those who registered in villages from which they have since relocated to update their new domicile on the voters’ roll.
Speaking to The New Times, yesterday, Munyaneza said updating your particulars on the voters’ roll will not necessitate people to go to the local government administrative offices, saying, like previously, this exercise can be done either on a smartphone or computer for those who access internet.
Meanwhile, the statement urges students in institutions of higher learning to make a choice of where they will vote from, either in the jurisdiction where their institutions are located or at their villages of residence.