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Democratic Republic of the Congo

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National Assembly

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Historical data on women

Data on women’s right to vote and to stand for election, the date at which the first woman entered parliament, and female Heads of State or Government

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