Lesotho

National Assembly

Political system
Parliamentary system
Structure of parliament
Bicameral
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 2008
IPU Geopolitical Group/s
African Group

Speaker

Official title
Speaker of the National Assembly
Speaker
Tlohang Sekhamane (Male)
Date of birth: 30 May 1955
Term
25 Oct 2022
Additional information

Elected on 25 Oct. 2022.
In accordance with Article 63 (1) and Article 64 (1) of the Constitution, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker may be elected "either from among the persons who are members [of the National Assembly] or from among other persons".

Speaker terms

No information available

Secretary general

Official title
Clerk
Secretary General
Lebohang Fine Maema (Male)
Term
04 Feb 2013
Notes

Appointed on 4 Feb. 2013.

Members

Statutory number of members
122

Notes:

Others: The Speaker and the Deputy Speaker

In accordance with Article 63 (1) and Article 64 (1) of the Constitution, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker may be elected "either from among the persons who are members [of the National Assembly] or from among other persons".

Principal mode of designation of members
Directly elected
Directly elected members
120
Other members
2
Current number of members
120
Men
90
Women
30
Percentage of women
25.0%
Statutory number of members per country 
155
Population (in thousands)
2,281
Inhabitants per parliamentarian
14,716

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
Click for historical data
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
Male No information available
Female
Total <= 45: - Total >= 46: -
Percentage of members, by age
Age at the last election or renewal Overall Male Female
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger
- - -
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger
- - -
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger
- - -

Reserved seats and quotas

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

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

Sources: The National Assembly Electoral Act, 2011

Youth quota
No

Links to additional information

Parliamentary website
List of members
Rules of procedure/Standing Orders
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