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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Ratu Epeli Nailatikau (Male)
Year of birth
1941
Additional information
Elected on 11 Feb. 2019. Although the Speaker is elected among persons who are qualified for election as a member of parliament s/he does not become member of parliament. The Deputy Speaker is, however, elected amongst members of parliament (excluding Ministers).
See historical data for this field.

Secretary general

Secretary General
Viniana Namosimalua (Female)

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
41
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
10
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
19.61% See historical data for this field.

Age

Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Alvick Maharaj (Male)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
73
Oldest member
Ro Teimumu Kepa (Female)
Total number of MPs, 45 years of age or younger
Total number of MPs, 46 years of age or older
41 See historical data for this field.
Total per sex
Total of male
41 See historical data for this field.
Total of female
10 See historical data for this field.
Total per age interval
18-20
0
21-30
0
31-40
6 See historical data for this field.
41-45
4 See historical data for this field.
46-50
8
51-60
17 See historical data for this field.
61-70
15 See historical data for this field.
71-80
1
81-90
0
91 and over
0
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 0 6 4 8 17 15 1 0 0
Total <= 45: 10 Total >= 46: 41
Male 0 0 6 2 6 14 13 0 0 0 41
Female 0 0 0 2 2 3 2 1 0 0 10
Percentage of members, by age
Age as last election or renewalOverallMaleFemale
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger0%0%0%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger11.76%11.76%0%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger19.61%15.69%3.92%

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Date of independence For countries that become independent after 1940
1970
Women’s right to vote
Women’s right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1970
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 British administration, women were granted the right to vote on 17 April 1963. This right was confirmed 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
1963
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
1970
Parliamentary bodies > Caucuses

Women

Caucus name
Commonwealth Women’s Parliamentary (CWP) Fiji Group
Date of creation
05.2019
Formal or informal
Informal
The caucus is open to male MPs
No
The caucus is cross-party
Yes
Notes
The CWP is considered an informal group as opposed to a women’s caucus.
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
Yes
Issues dealt with by the caucus
• Gender-sensitising training for all Members of the Fijian Parliament • Raising awareness on breast cancer and calling on all Fijian women and girls to get screened early for breast and cervical cancer. • Working with women Parliamentarians from the Pacific region on gender equality and women’s political participation. This includes mentoring and encouraging other women and young women to stand for elections and participate actively in politics.
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
Yes
The caucus has a communication plan
Yes
Caucus contact details
Address
Secretary-General to Parliament
P.O. Box 2352, Government Buildings
Suva
Fiji
Phone number
+679-8925205
+679-8925204