Green Party’s Frank Habineza has expressed his pride of the votes he got from last week’s presidential elections and considers himself a winner, given the fact that he was battling against 9 political parties.
Habineza found himself at the bottom of the list, behind independent candidate Philippe Mpayimana and winner Paul Kagame from the elections results.
However, Habineza does not care of the results, despite conceding the elections, and feel like he remains a winner given the votes he earned from the elections.
He said, “We battled against 9 political parties that formed a coalition to Kagame, but we kept fighting. We competed against the rest political parties operating in Rwanda, except PS Imberakuri, which means the votes we got handed us a very big victory, having enjoyed a successful campaign. We got supporters, many Rwandans loved us, followed us, closed their shops and others postponed their activities. We got Rwandans who liked our ideas and were happy that there are other referral people whose ideas are different from the governments. Many of them showed that they need transformations and promised it to us”.
He says that, despite getting less than 1 per cent from poll results, he did not lose but that it is just the beginning toward a better destination.
“I can’t say that we lost but we made a step forward that will help us prepare for the next elections of deputies and we are confident to end them victorious”
Indeed, Habineza has shown no signs of frustrations about the elections process like he did while campaigning, saying he cannot identify any facts to report some minor issues about elections to NEC. “we identified some issues that did not go well [during campaigns], our party’s campaigns were interfered and disturbed by some local leaders in Rusizi, Nymasheke and Kirehe, where, at some point, some threw stones at us and, at the other point, we would find ourselves taken to the mass grave”.
He also revealed that the party’s observers faced some challenges on the elections day but were later addressed.
“On elections day we sent 500 observers nationwide to observe the elections process but were not allowed to enter the voting rooms for between two and eight hours as the polling staffs stopped them from entering till 2 pm an hour before elections ended,” claimed Habineza, adding that they were not allowed to enter the room during the votes counting process and recommends that NEC should look into that issue in the next elections.
Presidential polls have seen Habineza come third and last to independent candidate Philppe Mpayimana and RPF’s Kagame, scoring 0.47 %, 0.73% and 98.63 % respectively, accordning to NEC’s polls results from the just concluded Presidential elections.
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