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Nepal (Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal)

Nepal (Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal) has a Bicameral parliament with legislated quotas for the single/lower house and at the sub-national level. 90 of 275 (33%) seats in the Sambidhan Sabha/Sansad/Constituent Assembly/Legislature/Parliament 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? No
  • 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

Sambidhan Sabha/Sansad/Constituent Assembly/Legislature/Parliament

Total seats 275
Total Women 90
% Women 33%
Election Year 2017
Electoral System Parallel
Quota Type Reserved seats
Election details IDEA Voter Turnout - IPU Parline
  Legal source Details
Quota type: Reserved seats Constitution

Women should account for at least one-third of total members elected from each party represented in the Federal Parliament, Consitution Art. 84(8).  Election for the Speaker and Deputy-Speaker shall be so held that there is one woman out of the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker, Constitution, art. 91 (2). 


Electoral law Each party must ensure that the number of women candidates is at least one third of the total number of candidates to be fielded by a political party in the proportional elections and in the first-past-the-post electoral system (Constituent Assembly Ordinance 2013).
Legal sanctions for non-compliance Electoral law If the lists of candidates submitted for the election fail to meet the quota rule, the Commission will return the list to the party concerned in order to align the list with the gender quota regulation. in case of non- compliance, the list will be rejected (Constituent Assembly Ordinance 2013).
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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Quota at the Sub-National Level

  • Quota type: Legislated Candidate Quotas¤
  Legal source Details
Quota type: Legislated Candidate Quotas¤ Constitution  
Electoral law The 1999 Local Self Government Act states that among the nominated candidates in elections to municipal councils, at least 40% of candidates must be women (Article 76).
Legal sanctions for non-compliance No None
Rank order/placement rules No None

Additional Information

In 2007, an Interrim Constitution was promulgated and an election of the Constituent Assembly was held in 2008 after a decade of considerable political instability. . The new Constituent Assembly elected in November 2013 was tasked to finalize the drafting of the new constitution within the first year of its mandate. Amid fears that the number of women to be elected in 2013 CA elections would be decreased significantly, only a small decrease was noted from an earlier 33% to 30%.

In 2015, a new Constitution was finalized. The 2015 Constitution, revised in 2016, provides gender quotas both in the form of reserved seats and legislated candidate quotas (see boxes above). The electoral system and the quotas which applied to the PR elections for the House of Representatives were (50 %) for women and the other half distributed among minority groups (EU EOM 2017). The Constitution requires that at least one third of the Federal Parliament (both HoR and the National Assembly) are comprised by women. An overall imperative is that the entire legislature including the Provincial Assemblies shall be comprised by at least 30 % women (EU EOM 2017).

In the 2017 election, women comprised only 146 of 1,944 candidates for the HoR (7,5%), and for the Provincial Assemblies, there were only 240 female candidates from 3,238 candidates (7,4%). Of these, only six women wereelected frin tge 165 First-Past-The-Post constituencies for the HoR. Parties had to nominate at least 50% women in their PR closed lists (EU EOM 2017).

Additional reading

  • Sancharika Samuha Nepal. 2002. ‘Women in Power and Decision-Making.’ Mahila Web.
  • Bunagan, Katrine, Melanie Reyes, and Maria Dashell Yancha. 2000. ‘The Quota System: Women's Boon or Bane?’ Women Around the World. 1, no. 3.
  • Karam, Azza. 1998. Women in Parliament: Beyond Numbers. Stockholm: IDEA.
  • Inter-Parliamentary Union. 1997a. Men and Women in Politics: Democracy Still in the Making, A World Comparative Study. Geneva: Inter-Parliamentary Union.
  • Nepal Electoral Commission,
  • Nepal Parliament website,

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