Rwanda maintains its top position in female representation in Parliament

On the 2nd to 4th September 2018, more than seven million Rwandan registered voters including those living in Diaspora and inside the country went to the polls to elect new Members of Rwandan Parliament who will run for a five-year term office.

It was a colorful exercise across the country as eligible voters, both men and women, boys and girls peacefully and equally exercised their rights to elect as embedded in the national legal frameworks.
It is elections that saw Rwanda keeps its position of being a country that upholds and committed to promoting gender equality in all sectors including governance as one of the fundamental principles of Human rights provided by the Constitution of 2003 as revised in 2015.

According to the final results of the 2018 legislative elections published by the National Electoral Commission, 61% of members of the new Parliament are female - something that keeps Rwanda at the top worldwide in terms of women representation in the legislative House.

Rwanda’s Parliamentary elections are normally held in four categories namely the general elections of 53 MPs elected by all eligible Rwandan voters while specific electoral colleges also elect two Deputies representing Youth, one MP representing People with Disability and 24 women MPs elected for the ticket of the 30% quota of women representation in high decision making positions as provided by the Constitution.