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NEC sets candidacy submission dates for 2024 presidential and parliamentary elections

By Esther Muhozi
On 21 February 2024 at 02:05

Rwanda’s National Electoral Commission (NEC) has announced the commencement of candidacy submissions for individuals aiming to contest in the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections.

According to a statement issued by NEC on Monday, February 19, 2024, prospective candidates for the presidency and parliamentary seats can submit their applications from May 17, 2024, until May 30, 2024.

The commission detailed that submissions for presidential candidates, as well as for parliamentary deputies, will be accepted during the specified period, with the process taking place at the Commission’s headquarters on weekdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Following the closure of submissions on June 6, 2024, a preliminary list of eligible candidates for both the President and Deputies will be disclosed. The final list of approved candidates is scheduled for announcement on June 14, 2024.

This final roster will be made available on the Commission’s website, setting the stage for the elections slated for July 15, 2024.

The decision to hold the presidential and parliamentary elections concurrently marks a significant change from the previous electoral cycle, where presidential elections were conducted on August 3 and 4, 2017, and parliamentary elections took place on September 2 and 3, 2018.

In February 2023, the National Electoral Commission proposed merging these elections to reduce related budget.


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