Lesotho: Women's representation in the 2007 National Assembly
Updated May 2008
30 women were elected to the 120 member National Assembly, forming 25% of the House (Makume 2008a). This is a considerable improvement on the 14 women, 11.7%, of the 2002 National Assembly (Makume 2008a).
If the figures for the ruling Lesotho Congress for Democracy/National Independent Party alliance are combined, 28.9% of the alliance's National Assembly members were women. The opposition All Basotho Convention/Lesotho Workers Party alliance's combined rate was 18.5%.
|Party/Alliance||Total seats||Women's seats||% women|
|Lesotho Congress for Democracy||62||13||21.0|
|National Independent Party||21||11||52.4|
|All Basotho Convention||17||2||11.8|
|Lesotho Workers Party||10||3||30|
|Basotho National Party||3||0||0|
|Alliance of Congress Parties||2||1||50|
|Popular Front For Democracy||1||0||0|
|Basutoland Congress Party||1||0||0|
|Marematlou Freedom Party||1||0||0|
|Basotho Democratic National Party||1||0||0|
|Basotho Batho Democratic Party||1||0||0|
MAKUME, LP 2008a, "Voter Turnout", e-mail from IEC Database Administrator, 21 May.
MAKUME, LP 2008b, "Voter Turnout", e-mail from IEC Database Administrator, 22 May.