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Cape Verde (Republic of Cape Verde)

Cape Verde (Republic of Cape Verde) has a Unicameral parliament with legislated quotas for the single/lower house and at the sub-national level. 17 of 72 (24%) seats in the Assembleia Nacional / National Assembly are held by women.

At a glance

Structure of Parliament: Unicameral

Are there legislated quotas...

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

Are there voluntary quotas...

  • Adopted by political parties? No

Is there additional information?...

  • Yes

Last updated: May 28, 2019

Single/Lower House

Assembleia Nacional / National Assembly

Total seats 72
Total Women 17
% Women 24%
Election Year 2016
Electoral System List PR
Quota Type Legislated Candidate Quotas
Election details IDEA Voter Turnout - IPU Parline
  Legal source Details
Quota type: Legislated Candidate Quotas Electoral law ‘The lists proposed for (national) elections shall contain a balanced representation of both sexes’(Article 415 (1) of Electoral Law no. 92/V/99, as amended by Law no. 56 /VII/2010).
Political funding legislation  
Legal sanctions for non-compliance Electoral law Article 415 (2) states that ‘public funding will be awarded only to those political parties or coalitions whose lists presented for national elections, if elected, contain at least 25 per cent women candidates’.
Rank order/placement rules No None
Is the provision of direct public funding to political parties related to gender equality among candidates? Yes  
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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 Electoral law Article 431 (1) of the electoral law provides for the principle of balanced representation of both sexes in the lists submitted for the election of municipal councils.
Legal sanctions for non-compliance Electoral law Article 431 (2) of the electoral law states that ‘public funding will be awarded only to those political parties, coalitions or groups of citizens whose lists presented for municipal elections, if elected, contain at least 25 per cent women candidates’.
Rank order/placement rules No None

Additional Information

In the 2016 legislative elections, women were under-represented as candidates and as leaders of parties at national level. Only 21% of candidates were women and women were the top names of only 14.6% of the lists. Only one of the six competing parties had a woman as candidate for prime minister (African Union 2016).

During the 2012 municipal elections, a woman candidate ran in five of the country’s 22 municipal councils, compared to the three women candidates in the previous (2008) municipal elections.

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