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National Assembly

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Amadou Soumahoro (Male)
Year of birth
1953
Additional information
Elected on 7 March 2019, re-elected on 30 March 2021.
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Secretary general

Secretary General
Alain Acakpo Addra (Male)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Appointed on 11 July 2019.

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
218
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Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
36
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
14.17% See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
55.18
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Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Naya Naomi Jarvis Zamble (Female)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
81
Oldest member
Mamadou Diawara (Male)
Total number of MPs, 45 years of age or younger
39 See historical data for this field.
Total number of MPs, 46 years of age or older
215 See historical data for this field.
Total per sex
Total of male
218 See historical data for this field.
Total of female
36 See historical data for this field.
Total per age interval
18-20
0 See historical data for this field.
21-30
1 See historical data for this field.
31-40
7 See historical data for this field.
41-45
31 See historical data for this field.
46-50
39 See historical data for this field.
51-60
153 See historical data for this field.
61-70
8 See historical data for this field.
71-80
14 See historical data for this field.
81-90
1 See historical data for this field.
91 and over
0 See historical data for this field.
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 7 31 39 153 8 14 1 0
Total <= 45: 39 Total >= 46: 215
Male 0 0 7 30 35 133 0 12 1 0 218
Female 0 1 0 1 4 20 8 2 0 0 36
Percentage of members, by age
Age as last election or renewalOverallMaleFemale
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger0.39%0%0.39%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger3.15%2.76%0.39%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger15.35%14.57%0.79%

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Notes
Article 3 of the Promotion of Women’s Representation in Elected Assemblies Act 2019 (Act No. 2019-870 of 14 October 2019) requires that a minimum of 30 per cent of candidates are to be women for both the majority and proportional representation systems. It also requires that candidates of different genders be alternated throughout the list (a so-called zebra system). Article 4 of the 2019 Act states that all parties or groups of parties that field at least 50 per cent women candidates will benefit from additional public funding. The law applies to elections to both the National Assembly and the Senate (which is indirectly elected) as well as to regional, district and municipal councillors (c.f., Article 2).
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".
1,265
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
212
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
16.76%
Number of candidates, by sex
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
212
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
16.76%

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
222
Number of women elected
33
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.
12.94%
Note on the Distribution of seats according to sex
As at 31 March 2021, there were 249 members (including 32 women), pending the repeat elections in six constituencies.&#13;
These elections were held on 12 June 2021. One woman was elected, bringing the total number of women elected in the 2021 elections to 33 out of 255 members.&#13;
As at 28 September 2021, there were 36 women out of 254 members.
Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Directly Elected
33

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.
218
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.
36
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.
Amadou Soumahoro (Male)
Political party
Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP)
Date of election
30.03.2021
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Date of independence For countries that become independent after 1940
1960
Women’s right to vote
Women’s 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
Universal
Notes Suffrage: Additional Notes on right of suffrage
Prior to independence, under French administration, women were granted universal suffrage in 1952. This right was confirmed by the Framework law (Loi-cadre Deferre) of 23 June 1956 and confirmed again at independence.
Women’s right to stand for election
Women's right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1952
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1965

Specialized body - Women's caucus

Caucus des femmes parlementaires de Côte d'Ivoire (Fempaci)
(November 2013)
Formal or informal
Formal
The caucus is open to male MPs
Yes
The caucus is cross-party
Yes
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
Yes

Activities

Issues dealt with by the caucus
The Caucus of Women Parliamentarians of Côte d'Ivoire aims to enable the Ivorian women parliamentarians to act together and in solidarity in favour of women's rights, gender equality and gender mainstreaming in parliamentary work.

The objectives of the Caucus of Women Parliamentarians of Côte d'Ivoire are as follows:

- To strengthen solidarity among women MPs;
- Contribute to reconciliation and the strengthening of national unity;
- Contribute to the initiation of laws favourable to gender equality and the revision of discriminatory laws;
- Contribute to the promotion of gender equality policies;
- Promote the participation of women in all decision-making bodies;
- Strengthen the partnership between women and men parliamentarians;
- Ensure gender mainstreaming in the work and structures of the National Assembly;
- Strengthen gender mainstreaming within political parties;
- Raise public awareness on the promotion of women and their rights;
- Promote and strengthen partnerships with other national and international institutions, organizations and networks.
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
Yes

Contact information for the Committee

Address
Assemblée nationale, 01 B.P. 1381,
Abidjan
Côte d'Ivoire
Phone
+225-2720209679