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United Republic of Tanzania

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National Assembly

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Job J. Ndugai (Male)
Year of birth
1960
See historical data for this field.

Secretary general

Secretary general
Stephen Kagaigai (Male)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Sworn in on 9 Oct. 2017.

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
248
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
145
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
36.9% See historical data for this field.

Age

Total number of MPs, 45 years of age or younger
Total number of MPs, 46 years of age or older
245
Total per sex
Total of male
208
Total of female
115
Total per age interval
18-20
0
21-30
2
31-40
33
41-45
43
46-50
52
51-60
108
61-70
78
71-80
7
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 2 33 43 52 108 78 7 0 0
Total <= 45: 78 Total >= 46: 245
Male 0 2 15 27 33 73 53 5 0 0 208
Female 0 0 18 16 19 35 25 2 0 0 115
Percentage of members, by age
Age as last election or renewalOverallMaleFemale
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger0.62%0.62%0%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger10.84%5.26%5.57%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger24.15%13.62%10.53%

Reserved seats and quotas

Number of reserved seats, by group
Women
102
Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Notes
Women members must not make up less than 30% in the National Assembly. The special seats for women are distributed among the political parties in proportion to the number of seats awarded to them in parliament. &#13;&#13; ‘Every Political Party which contests Parliamentary elections may propose and submit the Commission names of eligible women candidates for nomination of Members of Parliament for Women Special Seats’ . (Source: https://www.idea.int/data-tools/data/gender-quotas )
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".
1,250
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
238
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
19.04%
Number of candidates, by sex
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
238
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
19.04%

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
236
Number of women elected
136
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.
56.9%
Note on the Distribution of seats according to sex
The distribution of seats according to sex above refers to the composition of Parliament as at 18 December 2015. There were a total of 372 members (with 21 vacancies), 136 of whom were women as follows: - 25 elected from constituencies; - 110 elected by political parties in proportion to their share of the electoral vote; - 1 appointed by the President (the Deputy Speaker). &#13; The vacancies, except for one directly elected seat, were subsequently filled and the number of women increased to 145 out of 392 members by September 2017 as follows: &#13; - 25 elected from constituencies; &#13; - 113 elected by political parties in proportion to their share of the electoral vote; &#13; - 2 out of 5 members from Zanzibar appointed by the President; &#13; - 5 out of 10 members appointed by the President (including the Deputy Speaker). &#13; Two directly elected seats held by male members subsequently fell vacant. As at 24 November 2017, there were 145 women out of 390 members.
Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Directly Elected
25
Women Indirectly Elected
110
Women Appointed
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.
236
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.
136
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.
Job Ndugai (Male)
Political party
Revolutionary Party of Tanzania (CCM)
Date of election
17.11.2015
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Date of independence For countries that become independent after 1940
1961
Women’s right to vote
Right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1961
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 indepence, under British administration, women were granted the right to vote in 1959. 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
1961
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 indepence, under British administration, women were granted the right to vote and stand for election in 1959. These rights were confirmed at independence.
First woman in parliament
Parliamentary bodies > Caucuses

Women

Caucus name
Tanzanian Women Parliamentarians Group
The caucus is open to male MPs
No
The caucus is cross-party
No
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
No
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
No
The caucus has a communication plan
No