Uganda

Parliament

About parliament

Basic information such as the official name of parliament and details of its structure and leadership. Also includes the current breakdown of MPs by sex and age, and provisions for quotas and reserved seats.

Parliament name
Parliament
Chamber name
Parliament
Parliamentary term (years)
5

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 1981 to 1985
from 1991
IPU Geopolitical Group/s IPU Geopolitical Groups: African Group, Arab Group, Asia-Pacific Group, Eurasia Group, Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC), Twelve Plus Group.
African Group

Speaker

Official title The Speaker may for example be known as the Presiding Officer, President, Chairman/Chairperson, etc.
Speaker of Parliament
Speaker
Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga (Female)
Year of birth
1956
Term
19.05.2011
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Secretary General

Official title This post is most commonly called Secretary General or Clerk. It may also be called Secretary, Head/Chief of the Secretariat, Director General, etc.
Clerk
Secretary General
Jane Lubowa Kibirige (Female)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
8 Feb. 2012 -

Members

Statutory number of members Statutory number of members, as defined in the constitution or other fundamental law.
528
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Principal mode of designation of members
Directly elected members Directly elected by citizens.
498
Indirectly elected members Indirectly elected, for example by regional parliaments or an electoral college.
30
Other members For example, ex-officio members of parliament, such as Cabinet members, members of the royal family, Attorney General, Speaker if appointed from outside parliament.
18
Note on the statutory number of members
30 members indirectly elected:
(a) Five youth representatives;
(b) Five representatives of disabled persons;
(c) Five workers' representatives;
(d) Five members representing older people;
(e) 10 representatives of the Uganda People's Defence Forces.
At least one person from categories (a) to (d) and two from category (e) must be women.

Other: In addition to the 528 members, the President of the Republic may appoint any person outside Parliament to the Cabinet. The person(s) appointed (ministers who do not have voting rights) become ex officio members of Parliament. The number of ex officio members, and thus the statutory number of members, may vary during the course of the legislature.
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Current number of members Number of members who currently hold seats in parliament. May be lower or higher than the statutory number of members.
528
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Men
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Women
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
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Statutory number of members per country As defined in the constitution or other fundamental laws. Combines the number of parliamentarians in both chambers in bicameral parliaments.
Population (in thousands) Source: United Nations, World Population Prospects.
40,145
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Inhabitants per parliamentarian Calculated by dividing the population by the statutory number of parliamentarians.
76,032 See historical data for this field.

Age

Data on the age of parliamentarians is collected at start of the legislature, following the most recent elections. This data is not updated during the legislature.

 

Average age of all members
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Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Proscovia Oromait (Female)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
79
Oldest member
Henry Kajura (Male)

Reserved seats and quotas

There are reserved seats in parliament for certain groups Reserved seats are a means to ensure the parliamentary representation of certain groups in society.

Number of reserved seats, by group

Women
112
Youth
5
Persons with disabilities
5
Notes
5 seats for youth of whom 1 must be a woman; 5 seats for persons with disabilities of whom 1 must be a woman; 10 seats for Uganda Peoples Defence Forces of whom 2 must be women; 5 seats for trade unions of whom 1 must be a woman.
Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Notes
Reserved seats (see previous question), with special ballot in each district for women candidates only.
Electoral quota for youth Quotas to promote the representation of youth in parliament.
Notes
Reserved seat. Five reserved seats for youth MPs, law adopted in 1993. The youth MPs are selected by the National Youth Delegates Conference. Recently challenged as unconstitutional.