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Sri Lanka

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Parliament

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Karu Jayasuriya (Male)
Year of birth
1940

Secretary general

Secretary General
Dhammika Dasanayake (Male)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
15 Feb. 2012 -

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
213
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
12
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
5.33% 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
Hirunika Premachandra (Female)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
84
Oldest member
Rajavarothiam Sampanthan (Male)
Total number of MPs, 45 years of age or younger
62 See historical data for this field.
Total number of MPs, 46 years of age or older
147 See historical data for this field.
Total per sex
Total of male
198 See historical data for this field.
Total of female
11 See historical data for this field.
Total per age interval
18-20
0
21-30
5 See historical data for this field.
31-40
21 See historical data for this field.
41-45
36 See historical data for this field.
46-50
28 See historical data for this field.
51-60
73 See historical data for this field.
61-70
32 See historical data for this field.
71-80
13 See historical data for this field.
81-90
1 See historical data for this field.
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 5 21 36 28 73 32 13 1 0
Total <= 45: 62 Total >= 46: 147
Male 0 4 21 34 26 68 31 13 1 0 198
Female 0 1 0 2 2 5 1 0 0 0 11
Percentage of members, by age
Age as last election or renewalOverallMaleFemale
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger2.39%1.91%0.48%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger12.44%11.96%0.48%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger29.67%28.23%1.44%

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".
6,151
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
556
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
9.04%
Number of candidates, by sex
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
556
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
9.04%

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
214
Number of women elected
11
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.
4.89%
Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Directly Elected
11

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.
214
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.
11
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.
Karu Jayasuriya (Male)
Political party
United National Party (UNP)
Date of election
01.09.2015
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Date of independence For countries that become independent after 1940
1948
Women’s right to vote
Women’s right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1948
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
Prior to independence, under British administration, women were granted the right to vote on 20 March 1931. 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
1948
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
Prior to independence, under British administration, women were granted the right to vote and stand for election on 20 March 1931. These rights was confirmed at independence.
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1947
Parliamentary bodies > Caucuses

Women

Caucus name
Women Parliamentarians' Caucus
Date of creation
01.2006
Formal or informal
Formal
The caucus is open to male MPs
No
The caucus is cross-party
No
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
No
Issues dealt with by the caucus
- 1. Increasing the participation of women in politics. 2. Safeguarding women's rights and gender equality. 3. Preventing violations and harassment of all kinds against women. 4. Looking into the welfare of women workers, including migrant workers. 5. Alleviating poverty among underprivileged women and widows and providing them with vocational training and facilities. 6. Improving education for women. 7. Looking into women's health-related problems. 8. Providing legal aid and counselling. 9. Enacting legislation for the betterment of women 10. Contributing to development of the country in general.
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
Yes
The caucus has a communication plan
Yes