Rwandan parliamentary election, 2013

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Parliamentary elections were held in Rwanda between 16 and 18 September 2013.[1] The result was a victory for the Rwandan Patriotic Front, which maintained its absolute majority in the Chamber of Deputies, winning 41 of the 80 seats.

Electoral system[edit]

Of the 80 seats in the Chamber of Deputies, 53 were directly elected by closed list proportional representation with an electoral threshold of 5%. A further 27 seats were indirectly elected by local and national councils, including 24 reserved for women, two for representatives of youth and one for representatives of handicapped.[2]


In the weekend preceding the election, on 13 and 14 September, two grenades in a Kigali market. The Rwandan government blamed dissidents of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).[2] Questions were asked about the credibility of the election as transparent, free and fair.[3]

President Paul Kagame voted at a school under tight security with a sniffer dog on hand to inspect bags and security checks for voters going through a metal-detector gate and an x-ray machine set up. He was asked about his expectation for a RPF win, in which he said: "I guess so. I don't see any reason why the RPF should not win with a big margin." He was also questioned about accusations of political repression, leading him to say: "Is that what you see around you in the voting? You have eyes. Use them to see what is happening and you'll get the answer." Voting was otherwise reported as orderly.


Party Votes % Seats +/–
Rwandan Patriotic Front 76.22 41 –1
Social Democratic Party 13.03 7 0
Liberal Party 9.29 5 +1
Other parties 0 0
Independents 0 0
Indirectly-elected members 27
Total 5,881,874 100 53 80
Registered voters/turnout 5,953,531 98.80
Source: IPU, All Africa


  1. ^ Rwanda: MPs' Nomination Scheduled for July All Africa, 6 June 2013
  2. ^ a b Rwandans vote in parliamentary elections Al Jazeera, 16 September 2013
  3. ^ Rwanda: A democracy in the making? Al Jazeera, 16 September 2013