Aug. 4, 2017 Held


Republic of Rwanda

Election for Rwandan Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:6,769,514
Valid Votes:6,757,204
Invalid Votes:12,310

Vote Share by Candidate:

Major General Paul KAGAME6,675,472


Philippe Mpayimana49,031


Frank Habineza32,701

Election Results Modified: Sep 07, 2017

General Information

Rwanda: President, 4 August 2017

At stake in this election:

  • The office of the President of Rwanda

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Paul KAGAME (since 22 April 2000)
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Anastase MUREKEZI (since 24 July 2014)
  • Assembly: Bicameral Parliament consisting of the Senate (Senat) with 26 seats and the Chamber of Deputies (Chambre des Deputes) with 80 seats

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is directly elected by a simple majority vote for a 7-year term and is eligible for a second 7-year term. Constitutional amendments approved in December 2016 reduced the presidential term from 7 to 5 years but included an exception that allowed President KAGAME to serve another 7-year term in 2017.

Last Election:

  • The last presidential election in Rwanda occurred in 2010. President Paul KAGAME was reelected by an overwhelming majority, with over 93% of the vote.

Main candidates in the election:

  • Paul KAGAME
    • Rwandan Patriotic Front / Front Patriotique Rwandais (FPR)
  • Philippe MPAYIMANA
    • Democratic Green Party of Rwanda
  • Frank HABINEZA
    • Independent

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 11,901,484
  • Registered Voters: 6,897,076

Gender Data:

  • Female Population: 5,950,742
  • Is Rwanda a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (1 May 1980)
  • Has Rwanda ratified CEDAW: Yes (2 March 1981)
  • Gender Quota: Yes
  • Female candidates in this election: No
  • Number of Female Parliamentarians: 61
  • Human Development Index Position: 159
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Medium

Disability Data:

  • Is Rwanda a signatory to CRPD: No
  • Has Rwanda ratified CRPD: Yes (15 December 2008)
  • Population with a disability: 1,899,260
Election Modified: Jun 21, 2024

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