The National Electoral Commission (NEC) has announced that independent presidential aspirants should start soliciting for 600 signatures countrywide as required by law.
Presidential polls in Rwanda are slated for 4th August 2017 for eligible citizens inside the country and 3rd August 2017 for Rwanda diaspora.
The NEC executive secretary , Charles Munyaneza has told IGIHE that contenders are left with few days to solicit for the signatures of supporters.
“Effective 12th May 2017, we will release lists of independent presidential candidates’ supporters. It is required to make the list one month or 30 days before registering for candidature according to regulations,” said Munyaneza.
Independent aspiring presidential candidates include; Philippe Mpayimana, Jean Mbanda and Father Nahimana Thomas.
Dr Frank Habineza has been confirmed as the representative of Democratic Green Party during presidential polls while RPF Inkotanyi is yet to announce its flag bearer.
However, more than 3.7 million Rwandans (98.3%) through a December 2015 referendum petitioned President Paul Kagame to run for presidency.