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Structure of Parliament: Bicameral

Are there legislated quotas...

  • Yes for the Single/Lower House?
  • No for the Upper House?
  • Yes at the Sub-national level?

Are there voluntary quotas...

  • No adopted by political parties?

Is there additional information?

Yes

Burkina Faso

(Burkina Faso)

Single/Lower house

Assemblée nationale / National Assembly

Total seats:127
Total women:20
% women: 16%
Election year:2012
Electoral system:List PR
Quota type: Legislated Candidate Quotas
Election details: IDEA Voter Turnout
IPU Parline
Legal sourceDetails
Quota type:
Legislated Candidate Quotas
Electoral law Lists of candidates must include at least 30% of either sex (Law on Quotas, Article 3).
Political funding legislation If a party reaches or exceeds the 30 % quota, it will receive additional funding (Law on Quotas, Article 5 & 6).
Legal sanctions for non-compliance: Electoral law If a political party fails to meet the quota requirements, its public funding for election campaigns will be cut by 50% (Article 5). If a party reaches or exceeds the 30% quota, it will receive additional funding as prescribed by the regulations related to public funding of political parties (Article 6).
Rank order/placement rules: No None

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Last updated 2014-04-01

Quota at the Sub-National Level

Quota type:Legislated Candidate Quotas
Legal sourceDetails
Quota type:
Legislated Candidate Quotas
Electoral law Lists of candidates must include at least 30% of either sex.
Legal sanctions for non-compliance: Electoral law If a political party fails to meet the quota provision, its public funding for election campaigns will be cut by 50%. If a party reaches or exceeds the 30 percent quota, it will receive additional funding (Law on Quotas, Article 5 & 6).
Rank order/placement rules: No None

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Last updated 2014-04-01

Additional information

According to the Law on Quotas adopted in 2009, parties are required to include at least 30 per cent women on their lists of candidates for the National Assembly and municipal elections. This law was implemented for the first time in the 2012 legislative and municipal elections, when the interpretation of the Law on Quotas by many political parties was that at least 30 per cent of all candidates nominated by each political party must have been women, instead of 30 per cent women candidates per party list in each electoral constituency (Inter-Parliamentary Union 2013).

As non-compliance with the quota requirements does not entail the annulment of the list but rather financial sanctions, and as the law does not provide for a ranking order requirement, only 16 per cent of the elected members of the National Assembly in the 2012 elections were women.

Last updated 2014-03-20

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