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Date:04 Jul 2017
#RwandaElection: Female Presidential Aspirant not on Provisional List

According to the National Electoral Commission of Rwanda (NEC), the only female candidate contesting Paul Kigame for the presidency did not make it to the provisional list of presidential candidates to participate in the country’s elections scheduled.

Diane Shima Rwigara, the only female candidate together with four other independent presidential aspirants have not met the the nomination requirements to challenge President Paul Kagame in the August 4 polls and have been given five days to bring the missing elements in their files or risk being on the final list.

the NEC Chairman, Prof Kalisa Mbanda, in statement indicated that only President Paul Kagame, the presidential candidate of the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) and Frank Habineza, the flag bearer of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda had made it to the provisional list.

“Independents Diane Shima Rwigara and Gilbert Mwenedata have not been confirmed because their files lack components,” said Prof Mbanda, adding, “We verified the signatures and the independent candidates fell short of the required number in all districts.” the Daily Monitor reports.

Independent presidential aspirants are required to present 600 signatures with at least 12 from each of the 30 districts of Rwanda, proof of Rwandan Citizenship and the birth certificate, among others; this is according to the country’s electoral laws.

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