Presidential candidate Diane Shima Rwigara, 35, yesterday formally submitted her nomination documents to the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to challenge incumbent president Paul Kagame in Rwanda’s forthcoming presidential elections slated for August 4.
Ms Rwigara was accompanied by a small group of people among them her mother Adeline Mukangemanyi, who held a Bible.
She was received by the NEC chairman, Prof Kalisa Mbanda, and other three commissioners.
As required for independent presidential aspirants, Ms Rwigara presented documents that included 600 signatures of at least 12 registered voters from each of the 30 districts of Rwanda, proof of Rwandan citizenship and a birth certificate among others.
Prof Mbanda said the commission also received a letter proving that Ms Rwigara surrendered her Belgian citizenship, and this was confirmed by the country’s consulate in Rwanda.
In recent interview with the Sunday Monitor, Ms Rwigara who is running as an independent candidate said she is assured of victory if the polls are free, fair and transparent.
“My chances are very high in free and democratic elections. I expect victory if the elections are fair and transparent,” Ms Rwigara said.
However, after submitting her documents, Ms Rwigara alleged that local leaders targeted her supporters with intimidation and threats while collecting signatures.