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Congo

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National Assembly

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theSenate

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Isidore Mvouba (Male)
Year of birth
1949

Secretary general

Secretary general
Guillaumette Kiakouama (Female)

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
134
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
17
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
11.26% See historical data for this field.

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
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".
711

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
134
Number of women elected
17
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.
11.26%
Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Directly Elected
17

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.
134
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.
17
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.
Isidore Mvouba (Male)
Political party
Congolese Workers Party (PCT)
Date of election
19.08.2017
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Date of independence For countries that become independent after 1940
1960
Women’s right to vote
Right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1960
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Restricted
Detail of restrictions Suffrage: Restrictions detail
Universal suffrage was granted for Europeans and literate Africans only. In 1951 the right to vote was extended to all those with a credible titre d'identité
Notes Suffrage: Additional Notes on right of suffrage
Prior to independence, under French administration, Congolese women acquired the right to vote under the 29 August 1947 law (N° 47-1629) on territorial assemblies. This electoral system was renewed in 1952 and eventually replaced in 1957 when the framework law (Loi-cadre Deferre) of 1956 was entered into force. According to the CEDAW report, article 4 of the 2 March 1961 Constitution recognized the aforementioned rights.
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
Women’s right to stand for election
Right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1963
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
Notes Stand for Election: Additional Notes on right to stand for election
The right for women to stand for election was recognized by the Constitution adopted on 8 December 1963.
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1963