Rwanda

Rwanda Elections

Presidential elections were held in Rwanda on 4 August 2017. President Paul Kagame, was re-elected to a third seven-year term with 98,79% of the vote

referendum in 2015 approved constitutional amendments that allow incumbent President Paul Kagame to run for a third term in office in 2017, as well as shortening presidential terms from seven to five years, although the latter change would not come into effect until 2024

Elections in Rwanda take place within the framework of a multi-party democracy and a presidential system. The President and majority of members of the Chamber of Deputies are directly elected, whilst the Senate is indirectly elected and partly appointed

4th August Election Results

Candidate

Party

Votes

Percentage

Paul Kagame

Rwandan Patriotic Front

6,675,472

98.79%

Philippe Mpayimana

Independent

49,031

0.73%

Frank Habineza

Democratic Party of Rwanda

32,701

0.48%

Invalid Votes

12,310

 

Total

6,769,514

100%

Registered Voters

6,897,076

98.15%

 

General Conduct of the Elections

According to the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission, the August 4th  poll  showcased citizens patriotism and commitment to participating in the governance of their country, their unity, and Rwandan values.

NURC said that, during the elections, Rwandans put country and the general good first, proving they had moved beyond divisions based on ethnicity, nepotism, religion and region

Nearly 6.8 million Rwandans participated in the vote, with Rwandan Diasporas (close to 40,000) casting their vote on Thursday, August 3

Campaigns

Campaigns  in Rwanda were peaceful with a few isolated cases of opposition campaigns being disrupted. The candidates who campaigned outlined policy issues including governance, health, education, and infrastructure.

Legal Framework

The law in Rwanda provides for clear guidelines and measures which in enabled the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to implement its mandate. According to COMESA observer mission in Rwanda, NEC conducted its work efficiently and professionally which in turn led to successful polls.