Senate representation bid kicks off

By IGIHE
On 23 July 2019 at 11:32

The National Electoral Commission (NEC) has received credentials from three candidates for the senatorial posts on the first day of receiving applications, and exercise that began 22nd July to end 9th August 2019 at NEC headquarters in Kimihurura.

“We have received three candidatures and expect to receive more until 9th August 2019,” NEC Executive Secretary, Charles Munyaneza has told IGIHE.

He, however, said that it is not the right time to reveal the names of the contestants because it would be too early considering the election timetable.

Candidates approved by the Supreme Court will be given 20 days for campaigns before elections from 27th August until 15th September 2019.

The Senate is made up of 26 members including 12 members representing the country’s four provinces and the City of Kigali picked through electoral colleges and eight senators appointed by the President.

Four senators are designated by the Consultative Forum of Political Organisations, one senator represents public universities and higher learning institutions, while another one is picked from private universities and institutions of higher learning.

Of the 12 elected senators who represent the country’s four provinces and the City of Kigali, one senator is elected from the City of Kigali, two senators come from the Northern Province, while the rest of the three provinces elect three senators each.

September 16 will be the polling day for election of the 12 senators representing the four provinces and the City of Kigali, September 17 is polling day for picking one senator from lecturers and researchers of public universities and higher learning institutions, while September 18 is election of one senator from lecturers and researchers of private universities and higher learning institutions.

Elected senators will be announced on 30 September 2019.

NEC Executive Secretary, Charles Munyaneza said that it is not yet the right time to reveal names of the contestants

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