Les partis politiques rwandais accusés de manque de zèle lors des élections parlementaires de 2008
Kigali: The Senate on Thursday backed a report that rapped political parties for failing to prepare sufficiently for last year’s parliamentary elections, in which the dominant Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) expanded its majority, RNA reports.Some political parties, according to the report, did not even know the legal and regulatory framework governing the elections. For example, the Senate committee which carried out the research said the parties did not use the campaign time allowed for them on state media.
The polls saw the RPF in coalition with six smaller parties scooping 42 seats of the 80-member Lower House, up from 40 in the 2003 elections. The two other competing parties struggled to have their message out, as the RPF bombarded the country with its promotional material on almost all media outlets.
After the polls, the only failed independent candidate Jean-Marie-Vianney Harelimana stunned the election commission when he claimed he had actually got more votes than the Social Democratic Party - PSD and the Liberal Party (PL).
The Senate report also agreed with the accusation by the Liberal Party (PL) that some local officials denied them from campaigning in their localities. The report said the local officials were not aware of this obligation.
Despite mixed reactions from different observer groups suggesting there were some irregularities, the Senate report prepared by RPF’s strongman Dr. Col Joseph Karemera said the polls were conducted in complete perfection.