Singapore

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Chuan-Jin Tan (Male)
Year of birth
1969
Additional information
Elected on 11 Sep. 2017, re-elected on 24 Aug. 2020.
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Secretary general

Secretary General
Ng Sheau Jiuan (Female)

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
73
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Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
31
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
29.81% See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
48.30
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Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Raeesah Khan (Female)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
68
Oldest member
Lee Hsien Loong (Male)
Total number of MPs, 45 years of age or younger
38 See historical data for this field.
Total number of MPs, 46 years of age or older
57
Total per sex
Total of male
67 See historical data for this field.
Total of female
28 See historical data for this field.
Total per age interval
18-20
0
21-30
1 See historical data for this field.
31-40
14 See historical data for this field.
41-45
23 See historical data for this field.
46-50
20
51-60
29 See historical data for this field.
61-70
8
71-80
0 See historical data for this field.
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 1 14 23 20 29 8 0 0 0
Total <= 45: 38 Total >= 46: 57
Male 0 0 8 16 15 21 7 0 0 0 67
Female 0 1 6 7 5 8 1 0 0 0 28
Percentage of members, by age
Age as last election or renewalOverallMaleFemale
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger1.05%0%1.05%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger15.79%8.42%7.37%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger40%25.26%14.74%

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
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".
192
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
40
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
20.83%
Number of candidates, by sex
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
40
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
20.83%

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
66
Number of women elected
27
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.
29.03%
Note on the Distribution of seats according to sex
The President nominated nine members including three women in February 2021. They will serve a term of two and a half years.
As at 5 March 2021, there were a total of 31 women out of the 104 members as follows.
- 27 women among the 93 directly elected members
- One woman among the two non-constituency members
- Three women among the nine members nominated by the President
Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Directly Elected
27
Women Appointed
3
Women Other
1

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.
73
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.
31
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.
Chuan-Jin Tan (Male)
Date of election
24.08.2020
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Date of independence For countries that become independent after 1940
1965
Women’s right to vote
Women’s right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1965
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
TBC; Prior to independence, under British administration, women were granted the right to vote on 18 July 1947 and first exercised this right in the 1948 legislative council elections. This right was confirmed at independence.
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
1965
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
TBC; Prior to independence, under British administration, women were granted the right to vote and stand for election on 18 July 1947 and first exercised this right in the 1948 legislative council elections. These rights were confirmed at independence.
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1963
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.
2013

Specialized body - Women's caucus

PAP Women's Wing Party Caucus
(January 1989)
Formal or informal
Informal
The caucus is cross-party
No
Notes
The current members are MPs from two political parties: People’s Action Party (PAP) and the Workers' Party&#13;
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The Women’s Wing consists of an Executive Committee, as well as District/Deputy District Advisors and Representatives, as well as Chairpersons for District branches.&#13;
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There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
Yes

Activities

Issues dealt with by the caucus
Vision: Women fully empowered to contribute to the development of Singapore, playing a key role in nation building, economically, socially &amp; politically&#13;
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The mission of the Women’s Wing is to: &#13;
• Establish the necessary support systems and maximise opportunities for women to realize their fullest potential&#13;
• To ensure women's needs, voices and perspectives are heard and reflected&#13;
• To leverage women's unique talents for more inclusive and superior outcomes for the community&#13;
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To bring this vision and mission to life, PAP Women’s Wing has identified the following areas of focus:&#13;
• Work-life balance practices &amp; family-friendly support structures&#13;
• Women's thought leadership group - policy formulation and refinement&#13;
• Promotion of Marriage &amp; Parenthood&#13;
• Uplifting under-privileged women&#13;
• Active aging &#13;
• Raising the representation of women - work-force, top positions, politics&#13;
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
Yes
The caucus has a communication plan
Yes

Contact information for the Committee

Address
Block 57B New Upper Changi Road
#01-1402
463057
Singapore
Phone
+65-62444600
Fax number
+65-62449907