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Rwanda Constitutional Referendum No-Change Campaign Not Possible

DGPR's President, addressing the media at the Supreme Court
DGPR's President, addressing the media at the Supreme Court

The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, wishes to inform members of the media and the general public, that its planned constitutional referendum no-change campaign will not be carried out, due to the one-week short notice given for the referendum to be conducted.

The Referendum was confirmed yesterday, 8th December 2015, by the cabinet meeting and will be held next week on Friday, the 18th December 2015.

Today, the party consulted the National Electoral Commission, on the possibility of having the referendum campaigns and was informed that campaigns have not been programed that rather the commission will sensitize the voters on the conduct of the referendum.

Cognisant of all the sensitization efforts the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda conducted against the change of the constitution:

  • Petitioning the Parliament in May 2015, requesting the non- lifting of presidential term limits from the constitution.
  • Filing the law-suit to the Supreme Court in June 2015, against the change of the constitution especially on Presidential term limits, whose final verdict was pronounced in October 2015.
  • Petitioning the President of the Republic after the supreme court ruling.
  • Holding several public talk shows on different radios and televisions, media interviews and other activities.

The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda calls upon its members and all Rwandans to cast a NO VOTE during the upcoming referendum and consider all the arguments given against the change of the constitution, especially on presidential term limits.

The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, will continue with its sensitization efforts against the change of the constitution and will continue to call for a peaceful transfer of power.

 

9th December 2015

Dr. Frank Habineza

President, DGPR

 

 

 

 

 

DGPR's President, addressing the media at the Supreme Court