Samoa

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

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 2000
IPU Geopolitical Group/s
Asia-Pacific Group

Speaker

Official title
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly
Speaker
Papali’i Li’o Oloipola Taeu Masipau (Male)
Date of birth: 1953
Term
24 May 2021
Additional information

Sworn in on 24 May 2021.

Speaker terms

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Secretary general

Official title
Clerk
Secretary General
Satama Leatisa Uitime Tala (Male)
Term
20 Oct 2021
Notes

Appointed on 20 Oct. 2021.

Members

Statutory number of members
51

Notes: The 2013 Act requires that women members of the Legislative Assembly shall consist of a minimum of 10% of the Legislative Assembly (presently, five).

Principal mode of designation of members
Directly elected
Directly elected members
51
Current number of members
54
Men
47
Women
7
Percentage of women
13.0%
Population (in thousands)
219
Inhabitants per parliamentarian
4,294

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
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
Yes
Women
5
Electoral quota for women
Yes

Notes: Women shall constitute a minimum of 10% of the Members of the Legislative Assembly. This provision will apply to the parliament to be elected in 2016. (Source: https://www.idea.int/data-tools/data/gender-quotas )

Sources: Constitution Amendment Act No. 17 of 2013 – An Act to amend the Constitution of the Independent State of Samoa to provide for a minimum number of women members of parliament and to exclude officers and employees of the Attorney General from the Public Service; Constitution, article 44 as amended by the Constitution Amendment Act 2013.

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