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Singapore

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Parliament

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Chuan-Jin Tan (Male)
Year of birth
1969

Secretary general

Secretary general
Ng Sheau Jiuan (Female)

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
23
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
23% 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
Tin Pei Ling (Female)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
90
Oldest member
Lee Kuan Yew (Male)
Total number of MPs, 45 years of age or younger
Total number of MPs, 46 years of age or older
57
Total per sex
Total of male
70
Total of female
22
Total per age interval
18-20
0
21-30
0
31-40
20
41-45
15
46-50
20
51-60
28
61-70
8
71-80
1
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 0 20 15 20 28 8 1 0 0
Total <= 45: 35 Total >= 46: 57
Male 0 0 12 14 14 23 6 1 0 0 70
Female 0 0 8 1 6 5 2 0 0 0 22
Percentage of members, by age
Age as last election or renewalOverallMaleFemale
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger0%0%0%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger21.74%13.04%8.7%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger38.04%28.26%9.78%

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".
181
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
35
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
19.34%
Number of candidates, by sex
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
35
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
19.34%

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
70
Number of women elected
22
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.
24.72%
Note on the Distribution of seats according to sex
In the 2015 elections 22 women were elected as follows: - 21 of the 89 directly-elected members; and - 1 non-constituency member*. *The woman non-constituency member subsequently declined to take up her seat. The newly elected Parliament declared her seat vacant on 29 January 2016. She was replaced by a male member on 3 February 2016. The number of women thus decreased to 21. - On 24 March 2016, nine nominated members, including three women, were sworn in. As at 5 April, there were 24 women out of a total of 100 members.
Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Directly Elected
21
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.
70
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.
22
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Date of independence For countries that become independent after 1940
1965
Women’s right to vote
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
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