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Rwanda

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Chamber of Deputies

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theSenate

Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
03.09.2018
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
09.08.2018
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
30.09.2023
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
80
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

The number of women candidates is not available from authoritative sources.
No

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
7,172,612

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
President Paul Kagame's Rwandan Patriotic Front (FPR) remained the largest force in the 80-member Chamber of Deputies, winning 40 of the 53 directly elected seats. An opposition party - the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda (DGPR) - entered the Chamber for the first time, along with the Social Party Imberakuri (PS) and two other parties from the outgoing legislature. The newly elected Chamber of Deputies included 49 women (61.25%), down from 51 previously. It nonetheless remains the chamber with the highest proportion of women members in the world. During the election campaign, the FPR focused on economic development, promising job creation, agriculture transformation and urban renewal. The DGPR promised to work for the establishment of an import / export bank to ease access to funds for businesses while the PS promised to promote democracy.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
5
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
50%
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
No
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
Rwandan Patriotic Front (FPR)
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
Rwandan Patriotic Front (FPR) 40
Social Democratic Party (PSD) 5
Liberal Party (PL) 4
Social Party Imberakuri (PS) 2
Democratic Green Party of Rwanda (DGPR) 2
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
31
Number of women elected
49
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
61.25%
Sources
Parliament (02.10.2018) BBC Monitoring Reuters RNA news agency Africanews Xinhua The inspirer Ltd
Women Directly Elected
24
Women Indirectly Elected
24
Women Other
1

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
31
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
49
First-term parliamentarians The number of members who are assuming their parliamentary mandate for the first time following the election or renewal, regardless of their mode of designation.
44
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
05.10.2018
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Donatille Mukabalisa (Female)
Political party
Rwandan Patriotic Front (FPR)
Date of election
19.09.2018