Rwanda Polls: Rwigara Supporters Fight Back After Disqualification

Rwanda Electoral Commission’s decision to disqualify Diane Nshimyimana Rwigara from the presidential race has triggered a backlash on new media platforms.

Dozens of Rwigara’s supporters took to Twitter after EC boss Prof Kalisa Mbanda on Friday told journalists in Kigali that Rwigara and two other aspirants – Gilbert Mwenedata and Fred Sekikubo Barafinda “didn’t fulfil the requirements, especially the signatures.”

Rwigara’s supporters accused the electoral body of bias and working hard to keep Rwigara out of the race.

S Zigomba posted on Twitter: “I am so saddened by this cowardly injustice.”

He added: “No matter what, silent Rwandans and international community will see that these elections are null and void.”

However, Mbanda said the body’s decision was based on the aspirants’ failure to raise the required valid signatures.

He said Rwigara conspired with Joseph Uwingabire, a NEC Volunteer in Mbogo, Rulindo District in forging the signatures of 26 voters.

On her list, said Mbanda, Rwigara submitted the name of Augustin Rudahara, who passed away on 16 April 2016 at Kibagabaga Hospital.


Also on Rwigara’s list of signatories from Gasabo District are two signatures of proven deceased persons, according to Mbanda.

“Of the required 600 signatures, Diane Nshimyimana Rwigara submitted only 572 valid signatures,” said the electoral commission chief.

Another aspirant Fred Sekikubo Barafinda didn’t fulfill the number of required signat Of the required 600 as he submitted only 362 valid signatures.

Sekikubo also fell short of submitting a Certicificate of Rwandan Citizenship for one of his parents.

On Twitter, Richard Junior said presidential aspirants needed to show seriousness.

“That’s not how they try to become a president, everything should be real. Well done NEC,” said Junior.

The polls are slated for August.

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