Ghana

Parliament

Political system
Presidential 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
Parliament
Structure & status of parliament
Lower chamber
Parliamentary term (years)
4

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 1958 to 1965
from 1970 to 1971
from 1980 to 1981
from 1993
IPU Geopolitical Group/s
African Group

Speaker

Official title
Speaker of Parliament
Speaker
Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin (Male)
Date of birth: 1957
Term
07 Jan 2021
Additional information

Elected on 7 Jan. 2021.

Speaker terms

No information available

Secretary general

Official title
Clerk
Secretary General
Cyril Oteng Nsiah (Male)
Term
07 May 2020
Notes

Appointed on 7 May 2020.

Members

Statutory number of members
275

Notes: The Speaker of Parliament is elected by the Members of Parliament. The Speaker may either be an incumbent Member of Parliament or anyone who is qualified to be elected as a Member of Parliament. If a Member of Parliament is elected Speaker, their seat in Parliament becomes vacant. If anyone else is elected Speaker, they do not become a Member of Parliament as a result.

Principal mode of designation of members
Directly elected
Directly elected members
275
Current number of members
275
Men
235
Women
40
Percentage of women
14.5%
Population (in thousands)
32,833
Inhabitants per parliamentarian
119,393

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
49.0
(2021-01)
Youngest member
Francisca Oteng-Mensah (Female)
Youngest member (years)
27
Oldest member
Benson Tongo Baba (Male)
Oldest member (years)
72
Number of members, by age (2021-01)
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 1 27 37 59 80 29 2 0 0 235
Female 0 1 5 6 10 16 2 0 0 0 40
Totals per age interval 0 2 32 43 69 96 31 2 0 0 275
Total <= 45: 77 Total >= 46: 198
Percentage of members, by age
Age at the last election or renewal Overall Male Female
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger
0.7% 0.4% 0.4%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger
12.4% 10% 2.2%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger
28.0% 24% 4.4%

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