Rwanda

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Chamber of Deputies

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.
16.09.2013 to 18.09.2013
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

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
410
Notes
Number of candidates: 410, including 103 women candidates for the 24 women seats, 23 candidates for the two youth seats, and 15 candidates for the one seat reserved for the disabled.
The number of women candidates is not available from authoritative sources.
Number of parties contesting the election This field may include either the number of parties contesting the election, or the number of coalitions/electoral alliance.
8

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
5,953,531
Votes Number of people who actually voted
5,881,874
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
98.8%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
President Paul Kagame's Rwandan Patriotic Front (FPR) took 41 of the 53 directly elected seats in the 80-member Chamber of Deputies. Two independent parties close to the FPR - the Social Democratic Party and the Liberal Party - took the remainder. The other 27 seats are reserved for special interest groups namely, women (24 seats), the youth (2) and people living with disabilities (1).

A record 51 women were elected, holding 23 general seats, 24 reserved seats and one representative for youth. Rwanda thus renewed its own record for the highest number of women parliamentarians, rising to 64 per cent from 56.25 per cent in 2008. Turnout was also high at 98.8 per cent of 5.9 million registered voters, up from 95.5 per cent in 2008.

The FPR ran on the government's record, citing better infrastructure and increased energy supply. It promised to boost women's welfare, maintain security and consolidate the country's progress. Among the other parties in parliament, the Social Democratic Party focused on development and social welfare. The Liberal Party promised to work for reforms in the justice sector to reduce the backlog of cases.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
3
Percentage of parties winning seats The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of parties which won parliamentary representation by the number of parties contesting the election.
37.5%
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.
51.25%
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
Number of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
3
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
Rwandan Patriotic Front (FPR); Ideal Democratic Party (PDI) and Party for Progress and Concord (PPC)
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
Rwandan Patriotic Front (FPR) 41
Social Democratic Party (PSD) 7
Liberal Party 5
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
29
Number of women elected
51
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.
63.75%
Sources
Chamber of Deputies (02.10.2013, 01.01.2017)
National Electoral Commission
Women Directly Elected
51

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.
29
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.
51
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.
05.10.2013
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
05.10.2013