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National Assembly

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.

Parliament name
Parliament
Chamber name
National Assembly
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 1981
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.
African Group

Speaker

Official title The Speaker may for example be known as the Presiding Officer, President, Chairman/Chairperson, etc.
Speaker of the National Assembly
Speaker
J.F.N. Mudenda (Male)
Year of birth
1946
Term
03.09.2013
Additional information
Elected on 3 Sep. 2013, re-elected on 11 Sep. 2018 and 8 Sep. 2023.
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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 of Parliament
Secretary General
Kennedy Mugove Chokuda (Male)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Appointed on 20 May 2015.

Members

Statutory number of members Statutory number of members, as defined in the constitution or other fundamental law.
280
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Principal mode of designation of members
Directly elected members Directly elected by citizens.
280
Note on the statutory number of members
The statutory number of members of the National Assembly stipulated in the 2013 Constitution is 210; one member elected from each of the 210 constituencies. In accordance with Article 124 (1) (b) and (c) of the Constitution, 60 additional seats will be reserved for women for the first four Parliaments to be elected after the 2021 constitutional amendments (i.e., elections in 2023, 2028, 2033 and 2038); and 10 additional seats will be reserved for candidates aged between 21 and 35.
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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.
267
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Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
192
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Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
75
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
28.09% 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.
360 See historical data for this field.
Population (in thousands)
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Age

Data on the age of parliamentarians is collected at the start of the legislature, following the most recent elections. This data is not updated during the legislature, except when parliament notifies the IPU of a change in the youngest or oldest member.

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.

Number of reserved seats, by group

Women
60
Youth
10
Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Notes
60 seats in the 280-member National Assembly are allocated to women candidates, who are to be elected under List Proportional Representation (List PR) for the four Parliaments following the enactment of the 2021 constitutional amendments (i.e., elections in 2023, 2028, 2033 and 2038). Each list of candidates must include at least (a) ten women under the age of 35 and (b) women with disabilities and (c) young women with disabilities.
Electoral quota for youth Quotas to promote the representation of youth in parliament.
Notes
Ten seats in the 280-member National Assembly are reserved for young candidates, aged between 21 and 35, who are elected under List Proportional Representation (List PR). Each list of candidates must alternate female and male candidates.