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Republic of The Congo (Brazzaville) (Republic of the Congo)

Republic of The Congo (Brazzaville) (Republic of the Congo) has a Bicameral parliament with legislated quotas for the single/lower house and upper house and at the sub-national level. 17 of 151 (11%) seats in the Assemblee nationale / National Assembly are held by women.

At a glance

Structure of Parliament: Bicameral

Are there legislated quotas...

  • For the Single/Lower House? Yes
  • For the Upper House? Yes
  • For the Sub-National Level? Yes

Are there voluntary quotas...

  • Adopted by political parties? No

Is there additional information?...

  • Yes

Last updated: Apr 1, 2019

Single/Lower House

Assemblee nationale / National Assembly

Total seats 151
Total Women 17
% Women 11%
Election Year 2017
Electoral System TRS
Quota Type Legislated Candidate Quotas
Election details IDEA Voter Turnout - IPU Parline
  Legal source Details
Quota type: Legislated Candidate Quotas Constitution

Women shall have the same rights as men. The law guarantees and ensures their promotion and representation in all political, elective and administrative offices. (Article 8 (3) of the 2002 Constitution)

Electoral law

Candidate lists must take into account the representation of women in a proportion of at least 15% (Article 61 (3) of the Electoral Code as amended in 2007)

Legal sanctions for non-compliance No None
Rank order/placement rules No None
Is the provision of direct public funding to political parties related to gender equality among candidates? No  
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Are there provisions for other financial advantages to encourage gender equality in political parties? No  
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Upper House

Senat / Senate

Total seats 72
Total Women 13
% Women 18%
Election Year 2009
Electoral System
Quota Type Legislated Candidate Quotas>
Election details IPU Parline
  Legal source Details
Quota type: Legislated Candidate Quotas Constitution

Women shall have the same rights as men. The law guarantees and ensures their promotion and representation in all political, elective and administrative offices. (Article 8 (3) of the 2002 Constitution)

Electoral law

Candidate lists must take into account the representation of women in a proportion of at least 15% (Article 61 (3) of the Electoral Code as amended in 2007)

Political funding legislation

The provision of public direct funding to political parties is not related to gender equality among candidates.
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Legal sanctions for non-compliance No data available
Rank order/placement rules No data available

Quota at the Sub-National Level

  • Quota type: Legislated Candidate Quotas
  Legal source Details
Quota type: Legislated Candidate Quotas Constitution In relation to women’s rights and equality in political participation and representation, ‘the law guarantees and ensures their promotion and representation in all political, elective and administrative offices. (Article 8 (3) of the 2002 Constitution)
Electoral law

Local government councilors are elected through a list proportional representation system from closed candidate lists. Candidate lists must take into account the representation of women in a proportion of at least 20% (Article 67 (3) of the Electoral Code as amended in 2007)

Legal sanctions for non-compliance No None
Rank order/placement rules No None

Additional Information

The Electoral Code was amended in 2007 to require that party lists include at least 15 per cent women candidates for elections to the National Assembly and 20 per cent for elections to local government bodies. However, the law does not provide for any sanctions in case of non-compliance with the quota requirements, nor does it specify where women should be placed on the lists.

Therefore, in the 2012 legislative elections only 124 women candidates were nominated out of a total number of 1200 candidates. Some party lists did not contain any women candidates at all. As a result, ten women were elected to the National Assembly, forming only 7 per cent of the total number of deputies.

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