As provided for by the constitution, President Paul Kagame, today, dissolved the Chamber of Deputies paving the way for parliamentary elections on September 16.
The ceremony began with Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Rose Mukantabana, presenting some of achievements of Parliament since its mandate began on October 6, 2008. The Chamber of Deputies reviewed 300 laws related to the economy, governance and justice.
“Most especially we are proud to say that lawmakers worked on Rwanda’s business legislation which has helped Rwandan businesses as well as giving Rwanda an international reputation for ease of business. We encourage all business owners to use these laws in their transactions and provide quality service to Rwandans,” Mukantabana said.
She also pointed out that Rwanda continues to lead with women in leadership pointing out that 56% of MPs are women.
“We want to thank His Excellency President Paul Kagame for collaborating with us, and for his support.”
President Kagame, in his remarks, thanked all MPs for their dedicated service to Rwandans and for working hard to pass legislation that benefits citizens and is in line with Rwanda’s development goals. “Thank you for fighting all forms of discrimination and keeping government accountable to its commitments,” said President Kagame.
President Kagame encouraged incoming MPs to put more effort in regional integration and cooperation without forgetting to work in the interest of Rwandans.
“I wish all outgoing MPs well in their various responsibilities of nation building they might have after this. I trust you will continue to work in the interest of all Rwandans,” said President Kagame.
In conclusion, he encouraged all those of voting age to do so on September 16. “Go out and vote.”
According to Article 76 of the Constitution, the President is mandated to dissolve Parliament 30 days before the expiry of its current term.
Yesterday, the National Electoral Commission released the list of 438 candidates who will compete for 80 Lower Chamber seats.
Fifty three party seats will be elected by Rwandans on September 16. It is estimated that 6 million Rwandans are of voting age.
Twenty four women’s only seats will be elected by representatives of all administrative councils from Province to Cell level; a group of 130,000 people.
There are also two seats reserved for youth and one seat reserved for persons with disabilities.