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Romania (Romania)

Romania (Romania) has a Bicameral parliament with the use of voluntary party quotas. 63 of 330 (19%) seats in the Camera Deputatilor / Chamber of Deputies are held by women.

At a glance

Structure of Parliament: Bicameral

Are there legislated quotas...

  • For the Single/Lower House? No
  • For the Upper House? No
  • For the Sub-National Level? No

Are there voluntary quotas...

  • Adopted by political parties? Yes

Is there additional information?...

  • Yes

Last updated: Feb 20, 2023

Single/Lower House

Camera Deputatilor / Chamber of Deputies

Total seats 330
Total Women 63
% Women 19%
Election Year 2020
Electoral System List PR
Quota Type No legislated
Election details IDEA Voter Turnout - IPU Parline

Upper House

Senatul / Senate

Total seats 136
Total Women 25
% Women 18%
Election Year 2020
Electoral System
Quota Type No legislated>
Election details IPU Parline
  Legal source Details
Quota type: No legislated Electoral law

According to Article 52(2) of the Law regarding the election of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, "The lists of candidates for the election of Senators and Deputies must be drawn up so as to ensure representation of both genders, except for the lists including a single candidate. "

Legal sanctions for non-compliance No data available
Rank order/placement rules No data available

Voluntary Political Party Quotas*

Party Official name Details, Quota provisions
Social Democratic Party Partidul Social Democrat [PSD] In the governing bodies of the party at all levels, the representation of women shall be at least 30%, of young people at least 20% and of pensioners at least 10% of the number of members of the governing bodies (Party Statutes, Article 46(3)).

* Only political parties represented in parliament are included. When a country has legislated quotas in place, only political parties that have voluntary quotas that exceed the percentage/number of the national quota legislation are presented in this table.

Additional Information

In 2008, Romania's electoral system was reformed, introducing a Mixed Member Proportional(MMP) representation system over the past List Proportional Representation System. Under the new system, a candidate who obtains over 50% in any 315 single-member constituencies wins a seat. The unelected seats are then allocated among the political parties in proportion of their share of the votes obtained nationally. Currently, there are additional 18 members representing ethnic minorities and one 'overhang seat' (which parties receive if they win more constituency seats than their share of votes). 5% is the threshold for parties to win parliamentary representation.

In 2004 a new electoral law was adopted; candidate lists for parliamentary elections must include both male and female candidates. No specified percentage.

The Democratic Party had proposed introducing quotas for all parties, but this initiative was rejected by the Chamber of Deputies. (IPU 1999a)





Additional reading

  • See the latest updates on Romania on iKNOW Politics
  • Women's Political Participation and Electoral Quotas in Romania — Dr. Anca Turcu, Department of Political Science, Iowa State University, November 2009.
  • Inter-Parliamentary Union. 1999. Participation of Women in Political Life: An assessment of developments in national parliaments, political parties, governments and the Inter-Parliamentary Union, five years after the Fourth World Conference on Women. Geneva: Inter-Parliamentary Union.
  • Fischer, M. E. 1998. ‘From Tradition and Ideology to Elections and Competition: The Changing Status of Women in Romanian Politics.’ in Armonk: M. E. Sharpe (ed.). Women in the Politics of Post communist Eastern Europe. Marilyn Rueschmeyer Inc. pp. 168-195.
  • Inter-Parliamentary Union. 1997. Men and Women in Politics: Democracy Still in the Making:  A World Comparative Study. Geneva: Inter-Parliamentary Union.
  • Fischer, M. E. 1985. ‘Women in Romanian Politics: Elena Ceauşescu, Pronatalism, and the Promotion of Women.’ Sharon L. Wolchik and Alfred G. Meyer (eds). Women, State, and Party in Eastern Europe. Durham: Duke University Press. pp. 121-137.
  • Romanian Chamber of Deputies website,
  • Romanian Senate website,

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