The National Electoral Commission has condemned acts of people claiming to be presidential candidates and mobilizing funds to support their presidential campaigns even before registration is done.
At the end of February 2017, Mpayimana Philippe arrived in Rwanda from France for presidential campaigns and has been asking Rwandans to raise funds for him to finance his presidential campaigns.
Mpayimana declared his chief fund-raiser and phone numbers where the money can be sent.
In March 2017, Green Party held a General Assembly and approved Dr Frank Habineza as its flag bearer in presidential campaigns during which he requested members of his political party to raise Rwf 1.5 billion to support his presidential campaigns.
NEC has condemned such acts saying it is not allowed to raise funds before eligible presidential contenders are confirmed.
“ It is prohibited. First , we don’t even have eligible candidates. We will start receiving presidential candidates from 12th to 23rd June 2017.We will release eligible candidates’ list on 7th July 2017.We will have no candidates before the said date” NEC executive secretary Charles Munyaneza has told IGIHE.