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
Total 120 30 25

Table source

Makume 2008b.

References

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.