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Poland

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Sejm

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Elżbieta Witek (Female)
Year of birth
1957
Additional information
Elected on 9 Aug. 2019.
See historical data for this field.

Secretary general

Secretary general
Agnieszka Kaczmarska (Female)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Appointed on 4 Oct. 2016.

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
326
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
134
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
29.13% See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members
Not available
See historical data for this field. Compare data of this field.
Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Jan Ziobro (Male)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
73
Oldest member
Józef Zych (Male)
Total number of MPs, 45 years of age or younger
Total number of MPs, 46 years of age or older
331
Total per sex
Total of male
342
Total of female
108
Total per age interval
18-20
0
21-30
9
31-40
55
41-45
55
46-50
60
51-60
181
61-70
82
71-80
8
81-90
0
91 and over
0
Number of members, by age
Breakdown of members by age and gender
18 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 45 46 - 50 51 - 60 61 - 70 71 - 80 81 - 90 91 and over Totals per gender
Totals per age interval 0 9 55 55 60 181 82 8 0 0
Total <= 45: 119 Total >= 46: 331
Male 0 9 41 44 43 132 68 5 0 0 342
Female 0 0 14 11 17 49 14 3 0 0 108
Percentage of members, by age
Age as last election or renewalOverallMaleFemale
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger2%2%0%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger14.22%11.11%3.11%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger26.44%20.89%5.56%

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Notes
Legislated candidate quotas. The number of candidates who are women cannot be less than 35% of all candidates on the list. The number of candidates who are men cannot be less than 35 % of all candidates on the list.
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".
7,858
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
3,328
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
42.35%
Number of candidates, by sex
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
3328
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
42.35%

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
335
Number of women elected
125
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.
27.17%
Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Directly Elected
125

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.
335
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.
125
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.
Marek Kuchcinski (Male)
Political party
Law and Justice (PiS)
Date of election
12.11.2015
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Women’s right to vote
Right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1918
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Universal
Women’s right to stand for election
Right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1918
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
Notes Stand for Election: Additional Notes on right to stand for election
Decree N° 19694 (5 May 1931)
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1919
Notes

Women Heads of State or Government

Woman Heads of State or Government
Not available
See historical data for this field.
Parliamentary bodies > Caucuses

Women

Caucus name
Parliamentary Group of Women
Date of creation
01.1991
Formal or informal
Formal
The caucus is open to male MPs
Yes
The caucus is cross-party
Yes
Notes
The women’s parliamentary group is also open to former MPs and other groups. As of 4 May 2018 there are 41 members. Link to website: http://www.sejm.gov.pl/sejm7.nsf/agent.xsp?symbol=SKLADZESP&Zesp=1
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
Yes
Issues dealt with by the caucus
Legislation on quotas, violence against women, women's health issues Legislative process of adopting the draft Law on Equal Status of Women and Men Children's issues Involvement in amending the Family and Guardian’s Code and the liberalization of the abortion law
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
Yes
The caucus has a communication plan
No
Caucus contact details
Address
Parlamentarna Grupa Kobiet
ul. Wiejska 4/6/8
00-902 Warszawa
Poland