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Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Senate

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theNational Assembly

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Alexis Thambwe Mwamba (Male)
Year of birth
1943
Additional information
Elected on 27 July 2019.
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Secretary general

Secretary general
Gilbert Kikudi Kongolo Ndjibu (Male)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
11 July 2017 -

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
86
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Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
23
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
21.1% See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members
Not available
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Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Victorine Lwese Bakuamoyo (Female)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
82
Oldest member
Léon Mamboleo Mughuba (Male)

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Elections > Election results

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
86
Number of women elected
23
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.
21.3%
Note on the Distribution of seats according to sex
There were 18 women out of 100 senators elected in March 2019. After 8 additional senators were elected on 19 May, the number of women rose to 23. In addition, the former elected President of the Republic, Mr. Joseph Kabila, is senator for life. Thus, as at 21 June 2019, out of 109 senators—which is the full number of elected senators—23 were women.
Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Indirectly Elected
23

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.
86
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.
23
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.
Alexis Thambwe Mwamba (Male)
Political party
Joint Front for Congo (FCC)
Date of election
27.07.2019
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
1967
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
The ordonnance-loi (Decree-law) regarding Referendum Act N°67-223 of 3 May 1967 recognized the right of all Congolese, irrespective of sex, to participate in the Constitutional referendum. The law on legislative and presidential elections of 17 April 1970 supported suffrage as granted in the Constitution and formally gave both men and women the right to vote.
Women’s right to stand for election
Right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1970
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
The law on legislative and presidential elections of 17 April 1970 supported suffrage as granted in the Constitution of 1967 and formally gave both men and women the right to stand for election.
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1970