Respect for Human Rights in the electoral process is a duty of every citizen
On 11-13 July 2017, the National Commission for Human Rights organized training sessions for its Commissioners, its staff, members of the Civil Society, journalists and the religious forum on "Respect of the rights of the person in the electoral process ". The training gathered some 300 people.
In collaboration with the National Electoral Commission and academic researcher, the training beneficiaries were trained on what should be the focus of their attention throughout the electoral process. It is the duty of a citizen to elect his representatives. The aim of these training sessions was to explain the role of each of the groups trained in monitoring respect for human rights in the electoral process aimed at the smooth running before, during and after the elections. They were also trained on civic education during the election period. During these training sessions, all trainers stressed that the culture of tolerance must characterize the Rwandans, while respecting all the circulars governing the elections, in order to organize good elections.
The President of the National Electoral Commission, Prof. Kalisa Mbanda, who was among the trainers, explained that good elections are those in which every citizen fulfilling the conditions elects his representatives freely, but that it is also a civic duty vis-à-vis the law. He urged everyone to respect all the provisions of election circulars and to promote a culture of tolerance and respect for the rights of all during elections.
Participants in these training sessions gained knowledge in monitoring the respect of human rights during the electoral period, respecting electoral circulars on the rights of candidates and the electorate, and promoting election-related activities free and peaceful organized in a transparent manner, respecting the provisions of laws and positive democratic change. The beneficiaries welcomed the training received and committed to use the knowledge acquired in favor of citizens so that they could be informed about the presidential elections scheduled for 4 August 2017.