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Ghana

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Parliament

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Mike Aaron Oquaye (Male)
Year of birth
1944
See historical data for this field.

Secretary general

Secretary general
Emmanuel K. Anyimadu (Male)

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
36
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
13.09% See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members
Not available
See historical data for this field. Compare data of this field.
Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Alhassan Sualihu Dandaawa (Male)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
71
Oldest member
Dominic Kwaku Fobih (Male)
Total number of MPs, 45 years of age or younger
Total number of MPs, 46 years of age or older
198
Total per sex
Total of male
245
Total of female
30
Total per age interval
18-20
0
21-30
0
31-40
36
41-45
41
46-50
52
51-60
106
61-70
39
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 36 41 52 106 39 1 0 0
Total <= 45: 77 Total >= 46: 198
Male 0 0 30 38 46 96 34 1 0 0 245
Female 0 0 6 3 6 10 5 0 0 0 30
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 younger13.09%10.91%2.18%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger28%24.73%3.27%

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".
1,158
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
137
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
11.83%
Number of candidates, by sex
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
137
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
11.83%

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
240
Number of women elected
35
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.
12.73%
Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Directly Elected
35

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.
240
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.
35
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.
Mike Aaron Ocquaye (Male)
Political party
New Patriotic Party (NPP)
Date of election
07.01.2017
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Date of independence For countries that become independent after 1940
1957
Women’s right to vote
Right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1954
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 in 1954, under British administration. This right was confirmed at independence.
Women’s right to stand for election
Right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1954
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
1960
Parliamentary bodies > Caucuses

Women

Caucus name
Parliamentarian Women Caucus
Date of creation
01.1993
The caucus is open to male MPs
No
The caucus is cross-party
No
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
No
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
No
The caucus has a communication plan
No