The government of Rwanda has rejected the appeal of Democratic Green Party of Rwanda which had petitioned for the revision of the law guiding elections and political parties.
Green Party filed the appeal on May 19th, 2016 to the Prime Minister. The documents were handed in following the initial petitions to National Electoral Commission on 2nd December, 2014 and to the parliament on 20th February, 2016.
Green Party explained, it received the response from Rwanda Governance Board on 31st August, 2016 reacting to 10 points included in its appeal.
The president of Green Party political party Dr.Frank Habineza has told IGIHE that RGB replied that their requests are like an individual’s ideas.
“We were surprised and saddened by the response. We later sat together with members of the political party and came up with a solution of continuing to raise our concern in the forum of political parties in Rwanda. We are also arranging how to talk to our lawyer to file the case in courts,” said Dr.Habineza.
Some of reforms in election law requested by Green Party include the reduction of required votes to allow a private candidate become a parliamentarian where it has to go down from 5% to 2% of votes according to Green Party.
The other petition is about reducing voices required for a political party to be represented in the parliament where it has to go down from 5% to 4%.
Green Party also requested to change a clause that whoever is elected as a local leader has to be relieved of representing of any political party.
Regarding the law guiding political parties, Green Party had petitioned for its revision to remove the article barring political parties from receiving foreign aid.
Green Party also requested the government of Rwanda to avail the financial support to political parties before elections to help in preparation as it happens in Burkina Faso.
Green Party has recently announced that it won’t participate in next year’s presidential elections in case its petitions to the government requesting reforms for better preparations of elections are not respected.