The activity that was scheduled from 28th December 2020 has been postponed to the beginning of next year.
“The National Electoral Commission would like to inform the general public that picking candidatures for aspirants seeking to join districts’ advisory committees scheduled on 28th December 2020 has been postponed,” reads the statement released by NEC.
The Executive Secretary of the National Electoral Commission, Charles Munyaneza has told IGIHE that the exercise has been postponed because the commission didn’t have enough time to mobilize people for participation due to COVID-19.
“We didn’t have enough time to run activities aimed at mobilizing citizens to participate in elections following the recent cabinet meeting. We have pushed the exercise ahead so that we can get at least two weeks, thus candidates will submit have enough information before submitting forms of candidatures,” he said.
Munyaneza explained that the postponement won’t affect dates for advisory committees’ elections scheduled on 22nd February 2021.
Mayoral elections scheduled from 2nd and 3rd March 2021 have been also postponed to 5th March 2021.
The upcoming elections will begin with the selection of districts’ advisory committees among whom the executive committee comprised of mayor, vice mayors for economic and social affairs will be elected.
The advisory committee is made of members selected at sector level, members from National Youth Council and the coordinator of National Women’s Council at district level.
Others include the coordinator of the National Council of Persons with Disabilities at district level and the President of Private Sector Federation in the district. Women representation in the district’s advisory committee is supposed to be 30%.