Botswana

National Assembly

Political system
Parliamentary system
Structure of parliament
Unicameral
IPU membership
Yes

About parliament

Basic information such as the official name of parliament and details of its structure and leadership. Also includes the current breakdown of MPs by sex and age, and provisions for quotas and reserved seats.

Parliament name
Parliament
Chamber name
National Assembly
Structure & status of parliament
Lower chamber
Parliamentary term (years)
5

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 1992
IPU Geopolitical Group/s
African Group

Speaker

Official title
Speaker of the National Assembly
Speaker
Phandu Tombola Chaha Skelemani (Male)
Date of birth: 06 Jan 1945
Term
05 Nov 2019
Additional information

Elected on 5 Nov. 2019.

Speaker terms

No information available

Secretary general

Official title
Clerk
Secretary General
Barbara Dithapo (Female)
Term
19 Oct 2009
Notes

19.10.2009 -

Members

Statutory number of members
65

Notes:

Indirectly elected: Six members elected by the National Assembly;

Other: Two ex officio members (the President of the Republic and the Speaker).

The statutory number of members includes the Speaker, who may be appointed from outside the National Assembly.

Principal mode of designation of members
Directly elected
Directly elected members
57
Indirectly elected members
6
Other members
2
Current number of members
63
Men
56
Women
7
Percentage of women
11.1%
Population (in thousands)
2,588
Inhabitants per parliamentarian
39,815

Age

Data on the age of parliamentarians is collected at the start of the legislature, following the most recent elections. This data is not updated during the legislature, except when parliament notifies the IPU of a change in the youngest or oldest member.

Average age of all members
No information available
Youngest member
Yandani Boko (Male)
Youngest member (years)
32
Oldest member
Pono P.P. Moatlhodi (Male)
Oldest member (years)
69
Number of members, by age (2019-11)
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
Male 0 0 4 5 30 15 2 0 0 0 56
Female 0 0 1 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 7
Totals per age interval 0 0 5 5 30 20 3 0 0 0 63
Total <= 45: 10 Total >= 46: 53
Percentage of members, by age
Age at the last election or renewal Overall Male Female
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger
0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger
7.9% 6% 1.6%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger
15.9% 14% 1.6%
Members for whom age data is not available
2
(2019-11)

Reserved seats and quotas

There are reserved seats in parliament for certain groups
No
Electoral quota for women
No
Youth quota
No

Links to additional information

Parliamentary website
List of members
Rules of procedure/Standing Orders
No information available
Constitution

Historical data for IPU membership

Historical data for IPU membership
Year IPU membership
2020-09
List of values for 2020-09
No
2019-04
List of values for 2019-04
No
2018-06
List of values for 2018-06
No