Namibia

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Peter Katjavivi (Male)
Year of birth
1941
Additional information
Elected on 20 March 2015, re-elected on 20 March 2020.
See historical data for this field.

Secretary general

Secretary General
Lydia Kandetu (Female)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Appointed on 1 Aug. 2016.

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
58
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Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
46
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
44.23% See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members
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Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Patience Masua (Female)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
75
Oldest member
Peter H. Katjavivi (Male)

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Notes
Voluntary political party quota.
Elections > Election results

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
1,139
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
516
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
45.3%
Number of candidates, by sex
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
516
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
45.3%

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
61
Number of women elected
43
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
44.79%
Note on the Distribution of seats according to sex
Forty women were directly elected while three others were appointed by the President.
Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Directly Elected
40
Women Appointed
3

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.
61
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.
43
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.
Peter Katjavivi (Male)
Political party
SWAPO Party
Date of election
20.03.2015
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Date of independence For countries that become independent after 1940
1990
Women’s right to vote
Women’s right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1989
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Universal
Notes Suffrage: Additional Notes on right of suffrage
Right to vote granted by the 1989 constitution
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
1989
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Stand for Election : Restricted or Universal
Universal
Notes Stand for Election: Additional Notes on right to stand for election
Right to vote granted by the 1989 constitution
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1989
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.
2015

Specialized body - Women's caucus

Women's Parliamentary Caucus
(January 1996)
Formal or informal
Formal
The caucus is open to male MPs
No
The caucus is cross-party
Yes
Notes
During the year 2009, the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Standing Rules and Orders and Internal Arrangements approved the WPC to become a full standing Committee of Parliament, known as the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Women and Gender.
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
Yes

Activities

Issues dealt with by the caucus
- The Women's Caucus changes the way laws are made making them gender sensitive.
- The Women's Caucus gave its strong support for the creation of a Children's Parliament, a body composed of high school age students (50 per cent male, 50 per cent female) to discuss children's, gender and other selected issues.
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
No
The caucus has a communication plan
No

Contact information for the Committee

Address
Ms. Moono Matengu / Ms Agnes Mukono
Private Bag 13371, Parliament of Namibia
Tintenpalast, Windhoek, Khomas Region
Namibia
Phone
+264-612028204
+264-612882614
+264-812965662
Fax number
+264-612028146