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Lesotho

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National Assembly

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theSenate

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Sephiri Enoch Motanyane (Male)
Year of birth
1939
Additional information
Pursuant to Articles 63 (1) and 64 (1) of the Constitution, the President and Vice-President of the National Assembly may be elected "from among the members of the National Assembly or among other people ".
See historical data for this field.

Secretary general

Secretary general
Lebohang Fine Maema (Male)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Appointed on 4 Feb. 2013.

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
92
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
28
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
23.33% 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
Mokhele Moletsane (Male)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
85
Oldest member
Moeketse Malebo (Male)

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Notes
The country has adopted a zebra model proportional party list which provides for the arrangement of candidates in such a manner that a male or female candidate is followed by a candidate of an opposite sex
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".
1,374
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
431
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
31.37%
Number of candidates, by sex
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
431
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
31.37%

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
95
Number of women elected
27
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.
22.5%
Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Directly Elected
27

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.
95
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.
27
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.
Sephiri Enoch Motanyane (Male)
Date of election
12.06.2017
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Date of independence For countries that become independent after 1940
1966
Women’s right to vote
Right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1966
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, general elections with universal adult suffrage were held on 30 April 1965. 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
1966
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
Notes Stand for Election: Additional Notes on right to stand for election
Prior to independence, under British administration, general elections with universal adult suffrage were held on 30 April 1965. This right was confirmed at independence
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1965
Parliamentary bodies > Caucuses

Women

Caucus name
Parliamentarian's Women's Caucus
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