Namibia

National Council

Political system
Presidential-Parliamentary
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 Council
Structure & status of parliament
Upper chamber
Parliamentary term (years)
5

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 1990
IPU Geopolitical Group/s
African Group

Speaker

Official title
Chairperson to the National Council
Speaker
Lukas Sinimbo Muha (Male)
Date of birth: 02 Sep 1972
Term
15 Dec 2020
Additional information

Elected on 15 Dec. 2020.

Speaker terms

No information available

Secretary general

Official title
Secretary
Secretary General
Tousy Namiseb (Male)
Term
01 May 2019
Notes

1 May 2019 -

Members

Statutory number of members
42

Notes: Les membres sont élus au scrutin indirect par les 14 conseils régionaux (à raison de trois membres par conseil régional).

Principal mode of designation of members
Indirectly elected
Indirectly elected members
42
Current number of members
42
Men
36
Women
6
Percentage of women
14.3%
Statutory number of members per country 
146
Population (in thousands)
2,530
Inhabitants per parliamentarian
17,329

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
Youngest member
Phillipus Katamelo (Male)
Youngest member (years)
40
Oldest member
Bernardinus Shekutaamba (Male)
Oldest member (years)
70
Number of members, by age (2020-12)
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 0 7 11 14 3 0 0 0 36
Female 0 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 6
Totals per age interval 0 1 1 8 11 18 3 0 0 0 42
Total <= 45: 10 Total >= 46: 32
Percentage of members, by age
Age at the last election or renewal Overall Male Female
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger
2.4% 2.4% 0.0%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger
4.8% 2% 2.4%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger
23.8% 19% 4.8%

Reserved seats and quotas

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

Notes: Voluntary political party quota.

Sources: SWAPO Party Constitution

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