Rwanda Legislative Election (Chamber of Deputies), 16–18 September 2013

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The report of the Commonwealth Expert Team for Rwanda’s Legislative Elections, held 16–18 September 2013. The Team was led by Mr Tiro Seeletso, Secretary to the Independent Electoral Commission of Botswana, and was comprised of 2 eminent persons.

The Commonwealth Expert Team found that overall, the elections were peaceful and provided for the key democratic electoral benchmarks such as freedom of association, expression, and universal suffrage. The Team further noted that the National Electoral Commission was well prepared and mobilised to conduct the elections.



Conclusions and Recommendations

This was the third legislative election conducted in Rwanda since the 2003 Constitution. It represents an important step in the evolving electoral system of the Republic. As Rwanda consolidates its democracy, no doubt further adjustments to its electoral model will be necessary.


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