Tonga

Legislative Assembly

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Lord Fakafanua (Male)
Year of birth
1985
Additional information
Elected on 18 Dec. 2017, re-elected on 15 Dec. 2021.
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Secretary general

Secretary General
Gloria L Guttenbeil-Pole'o (Female)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Appointed on 28 Jan. 2013.

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
26
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Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
1
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
3.7% See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members
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Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Lord Fakafanua (Male)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
80
Oldest member
Hon. William Clive Edwards (Male)

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Elections > Election results

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
17
Number of women elected
0
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.
0%
Note on the Distribution of seats according to sex
- The Legislative Assembly is composed of representatives of the nobles (currently 9), representatives of the people (currently 17) and all members of the Cabinet. The Cabinet may include no more than four people who are not elected to the Legislative Assembly.
- No women were elected at the elections in November 2021.
- The Cabinet formed in December 2021 included one non-elected person, Mrs. Fekitamoeloa 'Utoikamanu, as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism. There was thus one woman among the 27-member Legislative Assembly.
Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Directly Elected
0
Women Indirectly Elected
0
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.
26
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.
1
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.
Lord Fakafanua (Male)
Date of election
15.12.2021
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Date of independence For countries that become independent after 1940
1970
Women’s right to vote
Women’s right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1970
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 given the right to vote in 1960. This right was confirmed at indepedence.
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
1970
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 given the right to vote and stand for election in 1960. These rights were confirmed at indepedence.
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1993