Rwanda: Women to take 61 per cent of seats in the next Chamber of Deputies

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Rwanda: Women to take 61 per cent of seats in the next Chamber of Deputies

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Women will take 61 per cent of seats in the next Lower House of Parliament (Chamber of Deputies) going by the latest results from this week’s parliamentary elections.

The National Electoral Commission (NEC) released provisional results from this week’s election, which saw the governing RPF-Inkotanyi take most seats out of the 53 that are openly contested for.

It won 40 seats in the house after garnering 74 per cent of the votes made by 6.6million Rwandans who turned out for the direct vote on Sunday and Monday.

The turn-out for the direct poll was 93 per cent given that 7.2 million Rwandans were expected to participate in the direct poll.

Given that 24 out of the 80 seats in the chamber are reserved for women, it has emerged that the house will now comprise 49 women parliamentarians in total if the number of women who will take seats won by their respective political parties is also considered.

Click here to read the full article published by New Times on 5 september 2018.

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