The National Electoral Commission (NEC) has received candidature credentials from Dr Frank Habineza and Mwenedata Gilbert for presidential race in the build up to the elections due in August 2017.
Dr Habineza was accompanied by members from his party to NEC headquarters in Kimihurura. He presented birth certificate, national identity card, a document proving he has handed back the second nationality, habitation certificate among others as required by the law.
NEC chairman Professor Kalisa Mbanda who verified the documents advised Dr Habineza to include a photocopy of the voters’ card which was missing.
After the submission, Dr Habineza told the media that their party has big chances of winning the August presidential vote.
“Our political party, established in 2009, strives for political transformations in Rwanda. We have over 51% chances of winning elections,” he said.
“We are going to put emphasis on mobilization and raising funds for proper preparations. The most challenging issue was submission of the credentials for candidacy. We are now to concentrate on mobilizing our members to be active in campaigns,” he added.
Mwenedata Gilbert also got nominated as an independent candidate.
“We have experienced hurdles while soliciting 600 signatures, getting 12 from each district. But it is a great pleasure for us to have succeeded,” he told the media.
Barafinda Sekikubo Fred from Kanombe, another man who never announced presidential ambitions before surprised everyone presented as he emerged among aspirants presenting himself for nomination.
Presidential nominations that kicked off yesterday will close on 23rd June 2017 and approved candidates will be announced on 7th July 2017.