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Rwanda Presidential Candidate Diane Wigara Disqualified from Race over Supporters’ Signatures

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Rwanda's only Female Presidential Candidate Diane Wigara Disqualified from Race over Supporters' Signatures

Photo Credit: Twitter- @ShimaRwigara

35-year old businesswoman Diane Shima Rwigara, who is Rwanda’s only female presidential candidate has been disqualified from next month’s election, with authorities saying that she didn’t submit enough supporters’ signatures.

According to electoral laws, independent presidential candidates are required to present 600 signatures, with at least 12 from each of Rwanda’s 30 districts.

She was excluded from the race for submitting signatures of some people who have been long dead, ABC News reports

The commission’s announcement comes as Amnesty International charges that the election will be held under a “climate of fear” and repression.

Rwandans go to the polls August 4 and will have to choose among longtime President Paul Kagame, Frank Habineza of the opposition Democratic Green Party and independent candidate Philippe Mpayimana.

Gilbert Mwenedata and Fred Sekikubo Barafinda, were also disqualified alongside Diane over the same issue.

 

14 Comments

  1. le coco

    July 9, 2017 at 5:54 am

    I smell a sabotage.. Anything to keep a woman down right..

    She tried! I am still very proud of her.. WELL DONE !! YOU ARE SO BRAVE

  2. omalicha

    July 9, 2017 at 6:19 am

    I wonder whether other male candidates didn’t do same.. abeg make I hear word jare

  3. john

    July 9, 2017 at 6:56 am

    as usual..women not wanting to take responsibility for their actions..alway looking for who to blame..continue…how many male presidential candidates have ever released their nude pics online..when I say black women are worse than black men in all ramifications..africa runned by black men is bad in itself ..imagine when a more dumber african woman is left to run it..we all go back to our caves

    • nwa nna

      July 9, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      @john,
      Dafuq are you rambling now about?! Do you really know or understand the political scene in Rewanda before you open your mouth and started spewing your gibberish and displaying your ignorance on BN?!

  4. Victor Adegoke

    July 9, 2017 at 7:30 am

    If she violated the electoral act, there is no sentiments in facing the law.

  5. Keke driver

    July 9, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Very daft excuse… Smh

  6. LemmeRant

    July 9, 2017 at 10:49 am

    I just knew some women will come and start claiming gender bias.

    Na una sabi. You want to be president, but you have nude pics flying up and down. So you women don’t even think you can do better or have better representatives.

  7. www.thelmathinks.com

    July 9, 2017 at 11:01 am

    My only prayer is that nobody will come and undo the things Kagame has done.

  8. Exotique

    July 9, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    At least they have a choice. Here it’s either PDP or APC. Datsall

  9. nwa nna

    July 9, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    I used to respect Paul Kagame the Rewandan president for bringing stability to the country after their civil war.
    However, he seems to be suffering from the same disease that plagues all African leaders, known as rule until infinity!! He obviously has gotten them to extend the term limits for the Rewandan presidency and yet still refuses to allow the opposition to contest against him by silencing them..
    My question to Paul Kagame is, what are you so afraid of??

  10. Moniker

    July 9, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Gender card will fly as usual. Two other male candidates were disqualified, no red flags were raised. When the African women are ready, no one can stop them.

  11. jokobaba

    July 9, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Her beauty is enough naa

  12. zzzzzzzzzzz

    July 10, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Well I admire that she is ambitious, maybe better luck next time

  13. Daniel

    July 10, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    She was denied but NOT disqualified.
    Kagame accepts the openents he has himself chosen.

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