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Trinidad and Tobago

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House of Representatives

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theSenate

About parliament

Basic information such as the official name of parliament and details of its structure and leadership. Also includes the current breakdown of MPs by sex and age, and provisions for quotas and reserved seats.

Notes

Expected date of next elections: October – December 2020. Within three months after the dissolution of the House of Representatives which will serve a five-year term from the date of the first sitting.
Parliament name
Parliament
Chamber name
House of Representatives
Structure & Status of parliament This field is to indicate lower/upper in the back end.
Lower chamber
Parliamentary term (years)
5

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 2011
IPU Geopolitical Group/s IPU Geopolitical Groups: African Group, Arab Group, Asia-Pacific Group, Eurasia Group, Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC), Twelve Plus Group.
Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC)

Speaker

Official title The Speaker may for example be known as the Presiding Officer, President, Chairman/Chairperson, etc.
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Speaker
Bridgid Annisette-George (Female)
Term
23.09.2015
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Secretary General

Official title This post is most commonly called Secretary General or Clerk. It may also be called Secretary, Head/Chief of the Secretariat, Director General, etc.
Clerk
Secretary General
Jacqueline Sampson (Female)

Members

Statutory number of members Statutory number of members, as defined in the constitution or other fundamental law.
Principal mode of designation of members
Directly elected members Directly elected by citizens.
41
Other members For example, ex-officio members of parliament, such as Cabinet members, members of the royal family, Attorney General, Speaker if appointed from outside parliament.
1
Note on the statutory number of members
The Speaker may be designated from outside parliament and becomes a member of parliament by virtue of holding the office of Speaker.
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Current number of members Number of members who currently hold seats in parliament. May be lower or higher than the statutory number of members.
42
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Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
29
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
13
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
30.95% See historical data for this field.
Statutory number of members per country As defined in the constitution or other fundamental laws. Combines the number of parliamentarians in both chambers in bicameral parliaments.
Population (in thousands) Source: United Nations, World Population Prospects.
1,360
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Inhabitants per parliamentarian Calculated by dividing the population by the statutory number of parliamentarians.
18,630 See historical data for this field.

Age

Data on the age of parliamentarians is collected at start of the legislature, following the most recent elections. This data is not updated during the legislature.

 

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
Stacy Roopnarine (Female)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
70
Oldest member
Jack Warner (Male)
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 2 6 1 14 14 3 0 0
Total <= 45: 9 Total >= 46: 32
Male 0 0 1 5 1 9 11 3 0 0 30
Female 0 1 1 1 0 5 3 0 0 0 11
Percentage of members, by age
Age as last election or renewalOverallMaleFemale
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger2.44%0%2.44%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger7.32%2.44%4.88%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger21.95%14.63%7.32%
Members for whom data is available
41

Reserved seats and quotas

There are reserved seats in parliament for certain groups Reserved seats are a means to ensure the parliamentary representation of certain groups in society.
Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Electoral quota for youth Quotas to promote the representation of youth in parliament.