Rwanda: Electoral Commission clears 2 candidates for presidential elections, more expected

Kigali , Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda’s National Electoral Commission (NEC) has cleared two of the 6 presidential aspirants vying for the presidential election, slated for 4 August.

According to the NEC Chairman, Kalisa Mbanda, the cleared aspirants are incumbent President Paul Kagame of the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) and Frank Habineza of the Rwanda Democratic Green Party (RDGP).

Other remaining contenders were asked to submit some key requirements which include 600 signatures of registered voters who support them, with at least 12 from each of Rwanda's 30 districts.

However, NEC will Friday announce a final list of candidates for the polls.

PANA reports that 3 independent candidates seeking to enter the presidential race had until 6 July to meet the requirements set by the Commission in order to qualify.

They are Gilbert Mwenedata, Philippe Mpayimana, Fred Sekibubo Barafinda and the lone female aspirant, Diane Shimwa Rwigara.

Commonly known as "Mzee" (Wise old man, in Swahili), the outgoing President Kagame is said to be the favourite candidate for many Rwandans, especially for using his political agenda, popularity and achievements during his first term (2003 -2010) and second term (2010 -2017) to his utmost advantage.

Meanwhile, NEC has said it will reimburse any candidate a proportion of his/her campaign expenses it such a candidate wins up to 5 percent of the ballot cast.

The Commission plans to spend 6.6 billion Rwandan Francs (about US$ 8 million) on the 2017 presidential election. Part of the funds will cover training of poll supervisors and civic education programmes.
-0- PANA TWA/VAO 6July2017

06 july 2017 12:30:52

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