The Office of the Ombudsman deployed 35 observers to all 30 districts of the country in the parliamentary elections, which were held from 16th to 18th September 2013.
The Office of the Ombudsman observers’ mission was to assess and determine whether the elections are conducted in accordance with the rules and regulations governing elections in Rwanda. The staff of the Office of the Ombudsman observed the voting and counting processes at the polling stations.
The Office of the Ombudsman’s preliminary report states that in general the elections were successfully conducted. They were held in orderly, secure and transparent environment though some irregularities were identified. Due to lack of information, among those who used pens in voting, some signed instead of using appropriate signs which confused polling officials who were not enough informed whether those votes are valid or not.
For the election of female members of parliament. The Office of the Ombudsman recommends that the National Electoral Commission should revise the required Electoral College quorum because it delayed voters who come earlier and also the counting process should start before 3:00 pm due to little number of voters.
The Office of the Ombudsman acknowledges the effort and professionalism of the National Electoral Commission for the parliamentary elections organization and the Office requests the commission to consider the irregularities and requirements identified for the following elections.