PREPARING FOR THE VOTE
An official adjusts bunting in the colors of the Rwandan flag at a polling station in Kigali, the capital, on Thursday, the eve of the country’s presidential election. Longtime leader Paul Kagame is widely expected to win. He won the 2010 election with 93% of the vote and has already claimed victory in Friday’s vote, telling a rally in July that “the day of the presidential elections will just be a formality.” A constitutional amendment after a referendum in 2015 allows him to stay in power until 2034 if he pursues it. Presidential candidates have been barred from putting campaign posters in most public places. The electoral commission has vetted candidates’ campaign messages, warning that their social media accounts could be blocked otherwise. Kagame, 59, has been de facto leader or president of the nation of 12 million people since his rebels ended its 1994 genocide. Although he remains popular for presiding over economic growth, he inspires fear among some Rwandans who say he uses the powers of the state to remove perceived opponents.