Seven things to know about upcoming presidential elections

Seven things to know about upcoming presidential elections

Online Registration

The presidential election will take place on August 3 and 4, in the Diaspora and inside the country, respectively. The manual registration process has closed, however, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) is still updating voters’ registration online until July 20, 2017. This can be done at the

Rwandan Diaspora

There will be a polling center in each community with over 40 Rwandans.

Election Day is August 3, a day before citizens in Rwanda cast their vote.

Verifying Voter Registration

This is mainly done by phone text messaging service (SMS). On your mobile phone, type the word ‘NEC’, space, add your national identity card number, space, add year of birth and send it to ‘7505’. You will receive an instant reply that has your voters card, ID, your registered address and the polling station.

Locating the Polling Station

Your polling station is indicated on your voter’s card. However, if you do not have the card, you can check using SMS. The procedure is the same as the above.

Voters’ card

To make voter registration seamless and faster, it is important that you turn up with your voters’ card. However, if you have misplaced it, you will still be able to vote as long as you are on the electoral register.

Please turn up at the local polling station with your government issued ID (Indangamuntu or passport).

For Diaspora without a National ID

If you are in the Diaspora and do not have an ID, you can still apply for a consular card with the help of the Rwandan High Commission in your area. The card will help you register for voting in the Diaspora and you can use it as a voter’s card.

Changing Location

If you want to change your voting location, you may change your polling station through NEC website or by text. To use SMS, type the word “Kwimuka”, space, add your ID number, space, add your year of birth, space, add new location. New location to be indicated as “Name of District” followed by “Village” in that order. This applies to both Rwandans in the Diaspora as well as those living in the country.