Rwanda sets date for merged presidential and deputies’ elections in 2024

On 12 December 2023 at 01:34

The polling date for the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections in Rwanda has been officially announced. Set to take place on July 15, 2024, the election will determine the President of the Republic and 53 Deputies. This critical information was revealed through the Presidential Order concerning the elections, which was made public on December 11, 2023.

Notably, this election marks a historic moment as it will be the first time that presidential elections are combined with the election of deputies. The primary objective behind this decision is to streamline the electoral process and reduce associated costs.

According to the Presidential order, Rwandan nationals residing outside the country will cast their votes on Sunday, July 14, 2024. This applies to both the President of the Republic and the 53 Deputies chosen from a final list of candidates proposed by political organizations or independent candidates, aligning with the date of the respective polling locations.

In contrast, the polling date for Deputies elected by specific organs, such as 24 female Deputies chosen by electoral colleges, two Deputies selected by the National Youth Council, and one Deputy elected by the National Council of Persons with Disabilities, is set for Tuesday, July 16, 2024.

Commencing on Saturday, June 22, 2024, the electoral campaign for both presidential and parliamentary candidates will be underway. The conclusion of the campaign period is determined by the election category and location: for candidates for the President of the Republic and Deputies elected from the final list, the campaign ends on Friday, July 12, 2024 (for campaigns outside Rwanda) and Saturday, July 13, 2024 (for campaigns within the country). Candidates vying for Deputy positions through specific organs will conclude their campaigns on Saturday, July 13, 2024.

The previous presidential election occurred on August 3 and 4, 2017, while the most recent deputies’ polls took place on September 2 and 3, 2018. Notably, this upcoming election marks the fourth time Rwanda will hold presidential elections after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.