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 the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), the remnants of the force responsible for the 1994 Genocide.[2] Questions were asked about the credibility of the election as transparent, free and fair.[3]

Voting was otherwise reported as orderly.


Party Votes % Seats +/–
Rwandan Patriotic
Front coalition
Rwandan Patriotic Front 76.22 37 +1
Centrist Democratic Party 1 0
Ideal Democratic Party 1 0
Party for Progress and Concord 1 0
Rwandan Socialist Party 1 0
Social Democratic Party 13.03 7 0
Liberal Party 9.29 5 +1
Social Party Imberakuri 0 New
Independents 0 0
Indirectly-elected members 27
Total 5,881,874 100 80 0
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