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521 candidates to contest for Rwanda’s parliamentary seats

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NAIROBI – As election nears, Rwanda’s National Electoral Commission (NEC) on Monday published a list of 521 candidates nominated ahead of the country’s parliamentary elections scheduled for September this year.

According to Kalisa Mbanda, chairperson of the NEC, the list includes 302 individuals nominated from different political parties, four independent candidates, 26 candidates representing the youth, 10 representing people living with disabilities, and 179 representing women slots.

President Paul Kagame’s ruling party Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) has nominated 70 candidates and its six coalition parties has 10 candidates, Mbanda said at a press briefing announcing the final list of the candidates in the Rwandan capital Kigali.

The NEC’s chairperson maintained that the number of potential contestants this year has risen from 410 in 2013’s parliamentary elections to 521.

Rwanda, a central African country, is prepared to hold parliamentary elections from September 2nd to  4th to elect its 80 members of the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house, for a five-year term, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) said.

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Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere

Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere is a public affairs researcher and senior investigative correspondent.

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