The National Electoral Commission (NEC) has requested women to make good preparations for upcoming presidential polls scheduled for August 2017 and mobilize others to do so.
The call was made yesterday in Huye district as NEC held discussions with 100 women members of Duterimbere Non-Governmental Organization from Rusizi, Nyamagabe and Huye districts.
The event was organized by Duterimbere NGO to update its members on preparations of presidential polls and their contribution to enhance smooth preparations.
Pacifique Nduwimana, NEC’s representative in the Southern Province reminded them of their role in better preparations of elections.
“A woman plays a great role in elections as she is considered the heart of the family. She has a big role in people’s socialization and good organization in their activities. We firstly require you to mobilize youth, neighbors to make elections preparations their own,” he said.
He urged them to make sure they are on voters’ registers, possess voters’ cards and determine their preferred candidate early.
The vice president of Duterimbere NGO in Rwanda, Yvonne Mutakwasuku said they invited NEC to train members so they take the lead in contributing to smooth elections.
She explained that the event is being organized in various parts of the country where they have members to raise awareness.
Members assured to carry out peer mobilization to ensure good election preparations.
“I have been updated on the preparations of presidential elections, when presidential campaign will begin and how to use voters’ cards. We are ready to mobilize neighbors, the youth, husbands and friends. We will also clean elections sites,” said Marthe Kayinga.