Composition of Lower House

Updated May 2010

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Country Structure
ANGOLA National AssemblyFour year term and 223 seats elected by proportional representation, no minimum vote threshold
  • 130 members elected on national lists
  • 90 by the 18 provinces, 5 per province
  • 3 by expatriates
    BOTSWANA House of AssemblyFive year term and 63 or 64 members
    • 57 seats elected from single member plurality constituencies
    • 4 members elected by the National Assembly from list submitted by President
    • President and Attorney General are ex officio members
    • Speaker may be elected from outside House
    DRC National AssemblyFive year term and 500 seats; elected from multimember member plurality constituencies
    LESOTHO National AssemblyFive year term and 120 members elected under a mixed compensatory system
    • 80 from constituencies by plurality
    • 40 proportional representation seats allocated to compensate parties for discrepancy between percentage votes obtained and percentage constituency seats won
    MADAGASCAR National AssemblyFive year term and 127 seats; elected from single member and two-member plurality constituencies
    MALAWI National AssemblyFive year term and 193 seats elected from single member plurality constituencies
    MAURITIUS National AssemblyFive year term and 62-70 seats
    • 62 block-plurality, constituency-based seats
    • Up to 8 seats allocated to the "best losers" to ensure "a fair and adequate representation of each [ethnic] community"
    MOZAMBIQUE Assembly of the RepublicFive year term and 250 seats elected by proportional representation; 5% entry threshold abolished in 2006
    • 248 seats elected from 12 provincial constituencies, with seats allocated to each province on the basis of population
    • 2 seats elected by expatriates, one for Africa for Europe each
    NAMIBIA National AssemblyFive year term and 78 seats
    • 72 elected by a single constituency proportional representation with no minimum entry threshold
    • 6 members nominated by the President without voting rights
    SEYCHELLES National AssemblyFive year term and 34 or 35 seats elected in a mixed parallel system
    • 25 single member plurality constituencies
    • 9 or 10 proportional representation with a 10% vote entry threshold
    SOUTH AFRICA National AssemblyFive year term and 200 seats elected by proportional representation with no minimum vote entry threshold
    • 130 from provincial party lists; provinces are allocated seats according to their populations
    • 70 from national party lists
      SWAZILAND House of AssemblyFive year term and 71-75 members
      • 60 members elected in constituencies (tinkhundla areas)
      • 10 members appointed by the King
      • Up to 4 women elected by a joint sitting of Parliament from a shortlist supplied by the Election and Boundaries Commission
      • Attorney-General is ex officio member
      TANZANIA National AssemblyFive year term and 323 seats, mainly mixed parallel member system
      • 232 single member plurality constituencies
      • 75 seats allocated proportionately for the representation of women (30% of total elected seats)
      • 10 members nominated by President
      • 5 elected by the House of Representatives of Zanzibar
      • Attorney General ex officio member
      ZAMBIA National AssemblyFive year term and 159 members
      • 150 single member plurality constituencies
      • 8 nominated by President
      • Speaker elected from outside Assembly by Assembly
      ZANZIBAR House of RepresentativesFive year term and 76 seats, mainly mixed parallel member system
      • 50 single member plurality constituencies
      • 15 seats allocated proportionately for the representation of women (30% of total elected seats)
      • 10 members nominated by President (2 in consultation with the opposition)
      • Attorney General ex officio member
      ZIMBABWE House of AssemblyFive year term, concurrent with President's; 210 members elected from single member constituencies by plurality