Elections

Europe’s critical election

MADRID – Discussions about Europe-wide elections are invariably infused with expectations of dramatic change that rarely, if ever, are met. But the upcoming European Parliament election in May 2019 may break the mold, as it could determine the outcome of an ongoing struggle between two...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 10:57pm

Electoral commission releases provisional list of MPs-elect

The National Electoral Commission (NEC) yesterday released the preliminary list of all the 80 individuals elected to the Lower House. They include 53 fronted by political parties (who were elected through universal suffrage), 24 women representatives, two representatives of the youth, and one MP-...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 2:41am

Political parties welcome poll results

The leaders of political parties have welcomed results from Monday’s general polls where 53 Members of Parliament were elected to the next August House. On Tuesday, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) released provisional results from this week’s election, which saw the governing...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 12:29am

Poll results reflect the will of the people – regional observer group

Election observers from the Forum of Parliaments of Member States of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (FP-ICGLR) say results from the just-concluded legislative elections reflect the will of the people. This was stressed Wednesday when the FP-ICGLR observers’ head of...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 12:27am

Much expected from the new Parliament

Potential new Members of Parliament are busy dusting their suits and Imishanana as they move to the next chapter of their lives. The newcomers arrive when the path has been well beaten; they will not have to re-invent the wheel. They should instead be part of a process that will chart new courses...

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 2:37am

Legislative elections: Voters, stakeholders weigh in on polls

At about 4.30am, residents in Kimironko Sector, Gasabo District, were jolted out of their sleep by music announcing that the day to finally cast their vote in the parliamentary elections had arrived. Not long after that, a male voice appeared on the public announcer reminding everyone that the...

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 3:55am

Parliamentary polls in pictures

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 3:43am

It’s a landslide for RPF-Inkotanyi

The governing RPF-Inkotanyi is headed for a landslide victory from Monday’s legislative elections, according to partial results released last night by the National Electoral Commission (NEC). With 70 per cent of the votes counted by press time, the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF)-led coalition...

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 3:30am

Patients vote from hospital premises

Patients from hospitals across the country were given an opportunity to exercise their civic rights to participate in the parliamentary elections as authorities designated polling rooms within health facilities. It was the first time patients, their attendants and hospital workers were being given...

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 3:28am

Election observers predict peaceful polls

There are signs that Rwanda’s forthcoming parliamentary elections will be peacefully conducted and will be a success. The observation was made yesterday by the head of the election observation mission of the Forum of Parliaments of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (FP-...

Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 8:56am

A guide to Monday polls: What you need to know

From September 2-4, Rwandans will head to the polls to decide who to represent them in the lower chamber of parliament. Below, we bring you some of the things that you need to know about these elections. Who is eligible to vote? Anyone who is 18 years old, and is a registered voter. Who is not...

Friday, August 31, 2018 - 11:36pm

PSR trains youth on electoral process

The Rwandan Socialist Party (PSR) has trained the youth on electoral process and reminded them about their role in ensuring smooth elections ahead of the parliamentary polls scheduled from September 2-4. PSR is one the six parties in a coalition with RPF-Inkotanyi in this year’s...

Friday, August 31, 2018 - 11:33pm

NEC says ready for Monday polls

The National Electoral Commission (NEC) yesterday started dispatching voting materials to polling stations across the country, a step officials said is one of the last stages in the preparations for Monday’s parliamentary elections. NEC Chairman, Prof. Kalisa Mbanda, told election observers...

Friday, August 31, 2018 - 9:19am

Observers urged to be impartial during elections

Election observers should be neutral and objective as they monitor parliamentary polls due to take place from September 2 to 4. The call was made Thursday by the National Electoral Commission (NEC) while briefing over 950 observers who have been accredited to assess election activities. They...

Friday, August 31, 2018 - 9:15am

Spoiling for a fight? Look elsewhere; here we sue for peace, but….

It’s true what President Paul Kagame said last Thursday on August 23, while campaigning for RPF parliamentary candidates, as chair of the party, in Gisagara District, Southern Province. It’s also true that his statement, as I understood it, was two-pronged; double-barrelled. As is...

Friday, August 31, 2018 - 1:14am

PS-Imberakuri confident of securing seats in parliament

It’s just days to the next parliamentary elections and PS-Imberakuri is looking for its first ever seat in parliament having contested and lost in the 2013 elections. The party fronted 36 candidates in the campaigns for the Chamber of Deputies. The New Times’ Frederic Byumvuhore...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 8:00am

Women urged to play a greater role in elections

Charles Munyaneza, the Executive Secretary of the National Electoral Commission (NEC), has urged women and girls to massively participate in the upcoming parliamentary polls. He made the call yesterday during a meeting with members of Girls Leaders Foundation, an association that gathers girls and...

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 8:32am

Kagame rallies Gisagara residents to vote for RPF

President Paul Kagame on Thursday called on thousands of voters in Gisagara District to vote for RPF-Inkotanyi in the upcoming parliamentary elections so that the party can continue working to develop the area and the entire country. President Kagame, who is also the party’s Chairman,...

Friday, August 24, 2018 - 8:27am

Liberal Party pledges special guarantee fund for farmers

Members of Liberal Party (PL) have said that once elected majority party in parliament, they will ensure the establishment of an agricultural bank and a special guarantee fund to cushion farmers against the different challenges the sector faces. The pledge was made on Wednesday during the party...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 8:35am

Green Party confident of winning parliamentary seats

As the parliamentary elections draw closer, the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda (DGPR) is confident of securing seats in its first ever parliamentary campaigns. The party says it wants to promote citizens’ participation in the legislative process and more outreach programmes to ensure that...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 8:18am