The first week of campaigning was fairly satisfactory for the PS Imberakuri, says the party chairperson.
Christine Mukabunani, after their assessment meeting of the campaign activities for the party, on Monday, said she was largely satisfied despite “a few regrettable incidents.”
The party is making its first appearance on the ballot paper since its formation in 2009.
Mukabunani said the party faithful could not rally in Rubavu town last week because of the spillage of war from DR Congo into the border district that saw a rocket fire kill a woman and injuring her 2-month-old baby.
She said there were also cases of poor communication from local authorities in Gasabo and Kayonza districs, which were, however, sorted out and campaigns carried on.
On their first day of campaign, she said, a party car loaded with campaign material was involved in an accident and was briefly held by the Police.
“Apart from those incidents, everything in the first week was just good. We were given ample access to public media–Rwanda Television and Radio Rwanda–to disseminate our campaign programme, and we are satisfied. Our campaign is also being covered on private radios and in newspapers.”
“In all the places we went, people attended in big numbers and there was no problem.”
Today, the party will campaign in Kirehe District and party officials in Nyagatare and Gicumbi districts spent yesterday putting up banners.
Tomorrow, they will do most of the campaigning in the media, hosting talk-shows and giving interviews.
On Tuesday, next week, they will take the campaign to Ngoma District.
To get a seat in Parliament, the party needs to score at least 5 per cent of the national vote. The PS Imberakuri’s manifesto is hinged on three key areas; education, health and agriculture.
The number of representatives each party will have in the House will depend on the percentage score in the contest for 53 seats which parties and independent candidates will compete for through universal suffrage.