The submission of applications started 22nd July and ended 9th August 2019 at NEC headquarters in Kimihurura.
NEC Executive Secretary, Charles Munyaneza has told IGIHE that the number of interested aspirants is higher than applications received during similar elections in 2011.
“The list of applicants will be sent to the Supreme Court to scrutinize qualifications. Generally, we received 68 candidatures. Sixty one of them will be competing for 12 senatorial posts and will be elected in Provinces and the City of Kigali. Representation from lecturers and researchers of public universities and higher learning institutions will be picked from the remaining 7 candidatures,” he said.
“No one of the incumbent senators applied. The majority of applicants are women. These figures outnumber applications received in 2011. We had received 62 candidates of whom 58 were qualified. The participation is higher than previous senatorial bid,” added Munyaneza.
IGIHE has learned that former parliamentarians are among candidates who submitted applications.
The Candidates approved by the Supreme Court will be given 20 days for campaigns 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.