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Projet:Summary of weekly radio talk-show « Emission Club de la Presse: "Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru "

Activité:Talk show ″Urubugarw'itangazamakuru″ (Club de la presse)

Date:17/10/2021

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 Rwanda on Saturday 16th October, kicked off local government elections nearly a year of delay due to COVID-19 pandemic.

The elections, which had been scheduled for February 2020, were delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rwandans turned up in numbers in their respective villages across the country to elect their representatives to the village executive committee.

"Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru" (Club de la Presse) of this Sunday 17-10-2021 broadcasted in synergy by twelve radio and two TV stations across the country focused on “Local government elections 2021"

Invitees

Studio

MUNYANEZA Charles/ ES National Electoral Commission (NEC)

INGABIRE Marie Immaculee: Transparency International Rwanda

Phone call:

Bob GAKIRE/Ministry of Local Government (MINALOC)

Radjab MBONYUMUVUNYI/ Mayor of Rwamagana district

Charles Munyaneza, Executive Secretary, National Electoral Commission (NEC) said that the reason for the delay in the local elections was due to the Covid 19 epidemic.

"Voting will be conducted in strict compliance with covid-19 measures”

Mr Charles Munyaneza said the special feature of the 2021 local elections was that there were changes in the voting procedure.

Each Isibo ( 15 households)  will be represented by a small number of 3 elected voters who have to represent it in the election of village level leaders and continue to participate at the sector level, adding to the special category of women, youth and people with disabilities

According to him, elections will take place in phases depending on administrative levels and the whole exercise will last for more than three weeks.

Madam Immaculée, meanwhile, said that there has not been awareness campaign for these elections, saying that in her own Isibo there were three persons only.

She also he also criticized councilors who came for campaign in districts where they did not live, while others are sent by some institutions so that they may be elected. The very challenge she addressed is that the former do not even know problems that citizens are facing whereas they are in their responsibility.

She argued that mayors are appointed by vetting which makes the citizens always complain that they do not vote for the Mayor as he is appointed

Elections at the sector level are scheduled for November 6, whereas at the district level they will take place on November 9, where district councilors and the executive committee will be elected, said Munyaneza.

These will be followed by the elections of the executive committee of women and disabled people at the provincial and after, the national level, according to him.

NEC will announce the final results from the elections on November 26.

The results that will be announced are the districts and provincial elections as well as few posts campaigned for at the national level.

The posts awaiting new leaders include committees at village, cell, sector and district level and members of councils for special interest groups namely women and youth councils, and the council of people living with disabilities. Women must constitute at least 30 percent of each council from village to the district level.

Rwanda's local government leaders serve a mandate of five years.

 

 

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