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Eswatini

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House of Assembly

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theSenat

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Petros Mavimbela (Male)
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Secretary general

Secretary general
Ndvuna S. Dlamini (Male)
Secretary general
Raymond Mkhonta (Male)

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
64
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Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
5
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
7.25% See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members
Not available
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Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Phila Wiseman Buthelezi (Male)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
76
Oldest member
Barnabas Dlamini Prime Minister (Male)

Reserved seats and quotas

Number of reserved seats, by group
Women
4
Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Notes
The Constitution requires that women should constitute 30% of the Parliament (Constitution 2005, Art. 95, para. 1c). At least half of the nominated members appointed by the King must be female (Constitution 2005, Art. 95, para. 2a). ‘Where at the first meeting of the House after any general election it appears that female members of Parliament will not constitute at least thirty per cent of the total membership of Parliament, then, and only then, the provisions of this section shall apply. […] For the purposes of this section, the House shall form itself into an electoral college and elect not more than four women on a regional basis to the House in accordance with the provisions of section 95(3).’ (Constitution 2005, Art. 86, para. 1, 2)
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".
309
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
55
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
17.8%
Number of candidates, by sex
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
55
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
17.8%

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
61
Number of women elected
4
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.
7.27%
Note on the Distribution of seats according to sex
One woman was elected, while three others were appointed by the King.
Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Directly Elected
1
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.
4
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.
Themba Msibi (Male)
Date of election
21.10.2013
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Date of independence For countries that become independent after 1940
1968
Women’s right to vote
Right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1968
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
1968
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1972
Notes