National Electoral Commission (NEC) has started receiving forms for contenders of mayorship positions and their deputy mayors, an exercise that will come to a close on 15th January 2016.
In an interview with IGIHE, NEC executive secretary, Munyaneza Charles, said that registering and picking forms for candidature started today on 5th January, 2016.
“As usual, these leaders elected from sector advisory committee representatives have started the submission of forms for candidature,” he said.
The electoral commission is assessing whether the deadline of submission of applications can be extended for a few days.
Campaigns are expected to begin on 4th February 2016 while elections will be held 22nd February 2016.
Elections of the mayor City of Kigali and vice mayors will be held on 2nd March, 2016 from districts’ advisory committees of Kigali city.
There is no education requirement for the members of advisory committees. However, the candidate intending to join the district’s administrative committee is required to have at least Bachelor’s degree or hold a secondary school diploma (A 2 diploma ) with five year experience in leadership.
Submitted documents include proof of Rwandan nationality, a candidate not having been convicted and sentenced for six months of sentence, a voter’s card and aged from 21 and above among others.
The electoral commission revealed that candidates are registering in big numbers.
The elections will be followed by village committee elections expected to be held on 8th February, 2016 where residents will vote by lining behind a preferred candidate.
Voting for sector advisory committees will however be exercised using voting cards. The electoral commission requests all Rwandans to check whether all necessities are met and make sure they appear on voters’ list compiled during the recently held referendum.