RPF Inkotanyi gears up for internal electoral process ahead of presidential, parliamentary polls

On 23 February 2024 at 05:01

The Rwandan Patriotic Front (FPR Inkotanyi), the ruling party in Rwanda, is gearing up to launch its internal electoral process to select its representatives for the upcoming general elections scheduled for July of this year, including the presidential and legislative elections.

This announcement was made during a press conference on Friday, February 23, 2024, aimed at detailing the preparations for these primary elections, which will begin as early as Saturday, February 24, starting from the village level, considered the grassroots level of RPF Inkotanyi party.

Elections within the RPF-Inkotanyi will start from the cell level and culminate nationally at the party’s General Assembly scheduled for March 2024. During the press conference, the leaders of RPF Inkotanyi called for massive participation from their members to strengthen the principle of democracy upon which the party is founded.

The Secretary General of RPF-Inkotanyi, Wellars Gasamagera, emphasized the importance of this democratic exercise. "It is crucial that all party members, starting from the village level, actively participate in this process. It is an opportunity to choose those who will represent us in the presidential and legislative elections," he said.

Gasamagera stressed the need for party members to exercise discernment in their choices to select exemplary candidates.

He also recalled the Rwandan people’s reputation for prudence and wisdom during elections, urging RPF members to be role models of this tradition.

"We expect our members to lead by example by showing commitment and choosing their candidates wisely, so that the Rwandan people continue to place their trust in our party," Gasamagera added.

The Commissioner in charge of policy and mobilization within the RPF Inkotanyi, Abdallah Utumatwishima, highlighted the party’s achievements during its thirty years in power, emphasizing the distinctive governance and initiatives of FPR Inkotanyi.

"Continuing our vision of governance that promotes development and ensures the security of Rwandans requires selecting competent candidates who will continue along this path," he said.
It was noted that RPF Inkotanyi members living abroad will not directly participate in these primary elections due to logistical challenges, but those residing in Rwanda are assured that their voices will be well represented.

Members are encouraged to actively participate in the July general elections, to choose RPF Inkotanyi candidates, and to encourage others to do the same.

In these primary elections, the process of selecting candidates competing for presidential seats will commence at the village level, while the selection of candidates vying for a parliamentary seat will begin at the cell level.

The Secretary General of RPF-Inkotanyi, Wellars Gasamagera during the press conference.