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Chambre des Députés (Chamber of Deputies)
LAST ELECTIONS

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Parliament / Parlement
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name (generic / translated) Chambre des Députés / Chamber of Deputies
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Sénat / Senate
BACKGROUND
Dates of election / renewal (from/to) (from/to)16 September 2013
18 September 2013
Purpose of elections 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.
Date of previous elections: 15-18 September 2013

Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature: N/A

Timing of election: Upon normal expiry

Expected date of next elections: September 2018

Number of seats at stake: 80 (full renewal)

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.

Percentage of women candidates: Not available.

Number of parties contesting the election: 8

Number of parties winning seats: 3

Alternation of power: No

Number of parties in government: 3

Names of parties in government: Rwandan Patriotic Front (FPR); Ideal Democratic Party (PDI) and Party for Progress and Concord (PPC)

Date of the first session of the new parliament: 5 October 2013

Name of the new Speaker: Ms. Donatille Mukabalisa (Rwandan Patriotic Front, FPR)
STATISTICS
Voter turnout
Round no 1 (from/to)16 September 2013
18 September 2013
Number of registered electors
Voters
Blank or invalid ballot papers
Valid votes
5'953'531
5'881'874 (98.8%)

Notes
Distribution of votes
Round no 1
Political Group Candidates Votes %
Rwandan Patriotic Front (FPR)
Social Democratic Party (PSD)
Liberal Party
Distribution of seats
Round no 1
Political Group Total
Rwandan Patriotic Front (FPR) 41
Social Democratic Party (PSD) 7
Liberal Party 5
Distribution of seats according to sex
Men
Women
Percent of women
29
51
63.75%
Distribution of seats according to age
Distribution of seats according to profession
Comments
Sources:
Chamber of Deputies (02.10.2013)
http://www.nec.gov.rw

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