Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) Inkotanyi could be jubilating with optimism towards dominating the country’s 4th Parliament with a landslide victory.
The National Electoral Commission, just released 30% of the preliminary results across 30 districts of the country – with RPF leading with more than 70% of the overall votes.
According to the 30% of the results compiled at every district which NEC broadcasted on national television, RFP leads with between 70-73 percent in each district, followed by Social Democratic Party (8-9%) while Liberal Party (PL) has 7-8% of the votes.
From what has been released so far, RPF, PSD and PL remain the only likey parties to get parliamentary seats.
Both Democratic Green Party of Rwanda and PS-Imberakuri remain slightly above 4% of the results released so far.
Four Independent candidates strugle below 2% of the votes, according to NEC’s preliminary results.
Meanwhile, RPF members have gathered at party headquarters as they wait to celebrate the victory.
National Electoral Commission boss Prof. Kalisa Mbanda said that 7.2 million Rwandans voted against 4.8 in 2008 and 6 million in 2013 elections.
53 MPs were elected in today’s general elections – a day after they were also elected on the diapora level on Sunday, August 2.
Of those who voted across 452 polling sites, Prof. Mbanda said, “54% are women, 46% men while the youth accounted for 45% of voters.”
The number of candidates also increased to 521 candidates from 410 in 2003.
Out of the 521 candidates in today’s parliamentary elections, 322 are women representing 62%.
This year’s parliamentary elections attracted 5 political parties and 4 candidates, while 1225 observers monitored election process including 180 from foreign countries.
“This was the biggest election. We officially started at 7am and ended at 3pm. It was peaceful and incident-free,” Prof. Mbanda said on State Television RTV.
He said the final results will be announced tomorrow, September 4 which starts with elections of women and youth representatives.