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Botswana

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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
Parliamentary term (years)
5

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 1992-01
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
Gladys Kokorwe (Female)
Year of birth
1947
Term
12.11.2014

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
Barbara Dithapo (Female)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
19.10.2009 -

Members

Statutory number of members Statutory number of members, as defined in the constitution or other fundamental law.
63
Principal mode of designation of members
Directly elected
Directly elected members Directly elected by citizens.
57
Indirectly elected members Indirectly elected, for example by regional parliaments or an electoral college.
4
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.
2
Note on the statutory number of members
Indirectly elected: Four members elected by the National Assembly; Other: Two ex officio members (the President of the Republic and the Speaker). The statutory number of members includes the Speaker, who may be appointed from outside the National Assembly.
Current number of members Number of members who currently hold seats in parliament. May be lower or higher than the statutory number of members.
63
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
6
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
9.52% 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.
2,209
Inhabitants per parliamentarian Calculated by dividing the population by the statutory number of parliamentarians.
35,063 See historical data for this field.

Age

Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
33
Youngest member
Dithapelo Keorapetse (Male)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
68
Oldest member
Edwin Batshu (Male)

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.
No
Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
No
Electoral quota for youth Quotas to promote the representation of youth in parliament.
No