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Structure of Parliament: Unicameral

Are there legislated quotas...

  • Yes for the Single/Lower House?
  • Yes at the Sub-national level?

Are there voluntary quotas...

  • No adopted by political parties?

Is there additional information?

Yes

Senegal

(Republic of Senegal)

Single/Lower house

Assemblée nationale / National Assembly

Total seats:150
Total women:64
% women: 43%
Election year:2012
Electoral system:Parallel
Quota type: Legislated Candidate Quotas
Election details: IDEA Voter Turnout
IPU Parline
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Quota type:
Legislated Candidate Quotas
Electoral law Electoral Law 92-16 of 1992, as amended by law 2012-01 of 2012, Article L.145, mandates parity in all candidate lists for the general elections. Candidate lists must be composed of alternating male and female candidates. As Senegal has a parallel electoral system the provisions of parity apply to both the list of candidates submitted for seats elected through a proportional representation system and the seats contested through a majority system in multi-member constituencies. If the number of seats contested in a constituency is odd, the parity rule applies to the immediately lower odd number (e.g. in a multi-member constituency with 5 seats, a party must have at least 3 women in its list of 5 candidates).
Legal sanctions for non-compliance: Electoral law Candidate lists which do not comply with the provisions of Article L.145 (parity and gender alternation) will not be admitted.
Rank order/placement rules: Electoral law The 2012 amendment to the electoral law provides for alternation between female and male candidates on the electoral lists.

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Last updated 2014-04-07

Quota at the Sub-National Level

Quota type:Legislated Candidate Quotas
Legal sourceDetails
Quota type:
Legislated Candidate Quotas
Electoral law The electoral law mandates parity for all candidate lists for the regional, municipal and rural elections, with the provision that candidate lists must be composed of alternating candidates of both sexes. If the number of seats contested is odd, the parity rule applies to the immediately lower odd number (Articles L.229 (2), L.263 (2), L.294 (2) and R.81).
Legal sanctions for non-compliance: Electoral law Candidate lists which do not comply with the gender parity and alternation provisions will not be admissible (Articles L.245 (2), L.279 (5), L.308 (2) and R.81).
Rank order/placement rules: Electoral law The 2012 amendment to the electoral law provides for alternation between female and male candidates on the electoral lists (Articles L.229 (2), L.263 (2), L.294 (2) and R.81).

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Last updated 2014-01-21

Additional information

On June 2010, Senegal adopted amendments to the election law introducing the requirement for gender parity in candidate lists for proportional and majority contests in legislative, regional, municipal and rural elections. Candidate lists, as well as alternative lists, are thus required to present an equal number of male and female candidates for national, municipal and local elections. Amendments also introduced the provision for a mandatory disqualification of those lists that do not comply with the parity principle. Electoral contestants will be given three days to revise their lists to comply with the requirement of gender parity. The 2012 legislative elections were the first to be held after the adoption of the quota provisions.

Last updated 2014-01-21

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