Politicians concerned over voting with IDs and registration papers

Pierre Claver Ndayicariye, Chairman of the National Independent Electoral Commission-CENI says people who missed their voting cards will have the right to vote if they present their IDs and registration papers. “Those who could not get their voting cards will have to use their IDs and registration papers at the voting center,” says Ndayicariye.

Voters who didn’t get their cards will use an ID and registration paper in the referendum

Voters who didn’t get their cards will use an ID and registration paper in the referendum

He urges the agents of the electoral commission at the polling centers to collaborate with voters who will have proved that they have registered. “These instructions do not, however, apply to young people under 16 -as they are not allowed to vote before the 2020 elections,” he says.

Phénias Nigaba, Spokesperson for Sahwanya FRODEBU party says voting with an ID and registration paper raises some concerns. “People may vote many times and at different polling stations,” he says adding that voters will use an indelible ink or pen to mark that they have voted”, says Nigaba.

For him, using both choices would facilitate the cheating. Mr Nigaba urges the CENI to use only indelible ink. “It is easy to notice if someone has voted when an indelible ink has been used,” he says.

Keffa Nibizi, chairman of Sahwanya FRODEBU Nyakuri party says the electoral agents will have to pay more attention not to allow some people to vote whereas they are not allowed to. In addition, he says, the electoral agents will not have a place to mark that a vote has been cast on the registration paper.
Pierre Claver Ndayicariye also says the withdrawal of the voting cards has been extended for two days. He says the voting cards will be moved from the registration centers to the Communal Electoral Commission-CECI where, a CEPI agent will be in charge of distributing them,” he says.

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