In Rwanda, lower house adopts draft constitutional revision on simultaneous presidential and parliamentary elections
By 12 May 2023
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The Lower Chamber of Parliament on [10 May] adopted the draft revision of the constitution, which was initiated by the government. The revision includes various changes, including the synchronization of presidential and parliamentary elections. According to the explanatory note of the draft revision of the constitution, the synchronisation of dates of the election of deputies and president will allow the simultaneous organisation of both elections, thus reducing the time and resources that they would take if they were to be organised in different periods. This provision ensures that "deputies in office at the time this revised constitution comes into force continue to serve until the day of the dissolution of the Chamber of Deputies due to elections." Before being put to a vote in the plenary sitting, the draft revision of the constitution was analyzed by the Conference of Chairpersons, which comprises the Bureau of Standing Committees and the Bureau of the Lower House. [...] The next step in the process is for the government to present the same draft revision of the constitution to the Senate for consideration and adoption.
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