Parliamentary elections

Youth MP-elect Kamanzi and his last minute decision to run for parliament

One hour after we had set up an appointment for an interview, Ernest Kamanzi appeared at The New Times offices on time. Clad in a fitting suit, Kamanzi looks like any other young professional but nothing is typical about him. At just 28, Kamanzi is one of the two legislators who were earlier this...

Friday, September 7, 2018 - 11:48pm

15 arrested over malpractices during parliamentary elections

Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) recorded four cases of malpractice involving 15 individuals in the recently concluded parliamentary elections. Modeste Mbabazi, RIB spokesperson, told The New Times on Friday that four of them had been released temporarily but are still under...

Friday, September 7, 2018 - 11:43pm

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

Kamanzi, Maniriho are the youth representatives in Parliament

A total of 26 candidates from across the country on Tuesday contested for the two parliamentary seats reserved for the youth in an indirect election held at the headquarters of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) in Kimihurura. The electorate included eight members from each of the 30...

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 2:15am

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

Legislative elections: Parties applaud peaceful process

Political parties that contested in the legislative elections on Monday hailed the peaceful campaign and expressed optimism to secure seats in parliament. The general elections took place in the country Monday, attracting about seven million voters. This follows a similar exercise that took place...

Monday, September 3, 2018 - 2:55pm

Voting underway in the Eastern Province

Hundreds of residents gathered at Lycee Islamique polling site, Kigabiro sector, Rwamagana District as voting for parliamentarians kicked off early Monday in the East Province where more than 1,200,000 people are registered to vote.    The Governor of the Eastern Province, Governor Fred...

Monday, September 3, 2018 - 11:13am

Disabled people outline expectations as they pick next representative to House

Persons with disabilities have called on their newly electedMember of Parliament to push for policies that will address their challenges and ensure that their voice is heard.  Persons with disabilities on Sunday participated in elections to vote for one representative who represents them in...

Monday, September 3, 2018 - 1:38am

Eugène Mussolini elected MP for persons with disabilities

Eugène Mussolini is set to be the representative for persons with disabilities in the next Lower Chamber of Deputies after the National Electoral Commission (NEC) announced him as the provisional winner from Sunday’s poll.  According to NEC, Mussolini garnered 482 votes, which accounts...

Monday, September 3, 2018 - 1:38am

Rwandans in Diaspora vote: As it happened

Parliamentary elections in the Diaspora went on smoothly and were incident free across the world, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) said, ahead of the official vote counting today. Rwandans in Diaspora woke up early on Sunday to cast their votes in the legislative elections. The NEC...

Monday, September 3, 2018 - 1:32am

Rwanda Police peacekeepers vote

Rwandan police peacekeepers serving in various UN missions around the world, yesterday, joined the rest of the Rwandan community in Diaspora to vote for their parliamentary representatives. Police peacekeepers are deployed to Central African Republic (CAR), Sudan, Haiti, South Sudan, and...

Monday, September 3, 2018 - 1:31am

Parliamentary campaigns were peaceful - Police

Rwanda National Police (RNP) has commended the conduct of all players in the pre-election campaigns, which ended on Saturday, ahead of today’s parliamentary polls. RNP spokesperson Commissioner of Police (CP) Theos Badege said the campaigns, which started on August 13, were “incident-...

Monday, September 3, 2018 - 1:31am

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