RPF-Inkotanyi sweeps MP polls
Written by: Ernest Nyetera and George Kalisa
Wednesday, September 5th, 2018, 6:44
RGB Chief says that the peaceful environment under which the elections were conducted is another milestone on the trajectory of transformational governance in Rwanda. Several leaders told the Light Magazine that election process and results met their expectations.
As widely expected the ruling RPF-Inkotanyi won the legislative polls with 74% of the vote translating to 40 seats followed by PSD and PL getting 5 and 4 seats respectively. The GDPR and PS-Imberakuri got 5% of the vote each, translating to 2 seats. Both parties have entered Parliament for the first time.
Prof. Anastase Shyaka, the CEO at Rwanda Governance Board described the recently concluded legislative elections, which the ruling RPF-Inkotanyi won with a landslide, as peaceful.
“The country hosted peaceful campaigns and peaceful elections,” observed Prof. Shyaka.
Shyaka said that the achievement is “another milestone of transformation governance in Rwanda”. He, thus, extended government’s gratitude to all stakeholders that worked hard to ensure a peaceful election.
“We commend all institutions particularly NEC, political parties, candidates and stakeholders involved for a wonderful electoral process,” he added.
The President of the Green Democratic Party of Rwanda (GDPR), Dr. Frank Habineza told The Light Magazine today that the Party and Rwandans are celebrating the milestone they have made in the democratization of the country by having the opposition in Parliament for the first time.
The GDPR is the only opposition party that contested against the ruling Rwanda Patriotic Front’s candidate Paul Kagame after all the other opposition political parties had decided to back President Paul Kagame in last year’s Presidential polls.
“This is an achievement for the party and for Rwandans because it is the first time an opposition party has entered the Parliament in the post genocide Rwanda,”
“Rwandans have always wanted change so this is a great opportunity for them to get a voice in Parliament that can propel prosperity and above all it is a major step towards the democratization of the country,” said Habineza.
“The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda is pleased to inform all Rwandans and the general public that it successfully concluded parliamentary campaigns and got 5% of national electorate vote which has enabled it enter Rwandan Parliament for the next five-year term (2018-2023)” a Party statement released today reads in part.
The GDPR has promised Rwandans to continue pressing for reforms in in democracy and human rights areas.
“We will strive for and support transformation and reforms in democracy and human rights, agricultural revolution and land reforms, quality healthcare and education, sound environment management, sustainable security and development, vibrant and independent media, critical and intellectual civil society (…) , add the statement.
Dr. Habineza attributed the smooth campaigns to roles played by the security organs, media and local leaders in ensuring citizens exercise their constitutional right to vote and contest in a peaceful and free climate.
“We finalized the campaign without having anyone arrested or killed, the Democratic Green Party hails security organs, local leaders for smooth campaigns,” said Dr. Habineza.
“Generally speaking this campaign was better than that of last year. Local authorities improved and the media was more professional. Our previous demands for electoral reforms remain, we will talk more about that after elections,” he added
Rubavu District Mayor, Gilbert Habyarimana said voters were more enthusiastic adding that voter turnout was high in his district.
On why Rubavu residents voted for RPF Habyarimana said: “Like Rwandans in other districts, Rubavu residents know that RPF-Inkotanyi has been at the fore of socio-economic transformation and it has a clean track in terms of development and good governance”.
“Unlike others, the manifesto of RPF with in-depth articulation of the problems that affect Rwandans plus the commitment of the Party leaders under the visionary leadership of President Paul Kagame to address the country’s problems, I think the voters chose the best for them and for the country,” he added.