Malta

House of Representatives

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Angelo Farrugia (Male)
Year of birth
1955
Additional information
Sworn in on 6 Apr. 2013, re-elected on 24 June 2017 and on 7 May 2022.
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Secretary general

Secretary General
Ray Scicluna (Male)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
1 Feb. 2012 -

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
57
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Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
22
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
27.85% See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
46.70
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Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Rosianne Cutajar (Female)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
70
Oldest member
Edward Scicluna (Male)

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Notes
- In accordance with the Constitution of Malta and the General Elections (Amendment) Act, 2021 (Act No. XX of 2021, enacted by the President on 20 April 2021), the number of MPs must increase by up to 12 if less than 40 per cent of the MPs that are returned at a given general election and subsequent casual elections* belong to “the underrepresented sex”** as defined in the Act.
- The up to 12 additional seats are filled by unsuccessful candidates belonging to the underrepresented sex who won the highest number of votes at the last election. If there are not enough unsuccessful candidates, the House of Representatives co-opts member(s) to fill any remaining additional seats.
- These measures will remain in force for 20 years from the date on which they come into force, unless they are revoked or re-enacted (with or without modification) by means of an Act of Parliament according to the provisions of the Maltese Constitution.
* Candidates in general elections may contest no more than two districts. If they are elected in both, they must choose one district to represent after the elections. Seats vacated by candidates simultaneously elected in two districts are filled by "casual elections" prior to the first session of the House of Representatives.
** The group includes people who identified as gender neutral in their official documentation.
Elections > Election results

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
58
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
10
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Angelo Farrugia (Male)
Date of election
24.06.2017
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Date of independence For countries that become independent after 1940
1964
Women’s right to vote
Women’s right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1947
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Universal
Women’s right to stand for election
Women's right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1947
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1966
First woman speaker
Year of first woman speaker Date at which, for the first time in the country's parliamentary history, a woman became Presiding Officer of Parliament or of one of its Houses.
1996