National Council (Namibia)

National Council
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Founded 23 February 1993[1]
Bernard Sibalatani, SWAPO

since 9 December 2019
Deputy Chairperson
Victoria Kauma, SWAPO

since 9 December 2019
Seats 42
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Political groups
Government (40)

  SWAPO (40)
Opposition (2)
  PDM (1)
  NUDO (1)
Length of term
5 years
Indirect election by Regional Councils
Last election
27 November 2015
Meeting place
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Tintenpalast, Windhoek, Khomas Region, Namibia
Parliament of Namibia
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The National Council is the upper chamber of Namibia's bicameral Parliament. It reviews bills passed by the lower chamber and makes recommendations for legislation of regional concern to the lower chamber.[2]

The 42 National Council members are chosen by regional councils, which are indirectly elected for a term of five years.[3] Each of the 14 regional councils chooses three of its members to serve on the National Council.[4] The last regional council elections were held on 27 November 2015.

Political party distribution in the current National Council is as follows:

The council meets in the Namibian capital of Windhoek in the so-called Tintenpalast. The current chairperson is Bernard Sibalatani. Ten women occupy seats in the National Council.

Previous National Council election results [ edit ]

Political Party Election Year
1992 1998 2004 2010 2015
South-West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) 19 21 24 24 40
Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) 06 04 01 01 01
United Democratic Front (UDF) 01 01 01 01 -
National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO) - - - - 01
Total 26 26 26 26 42

See also [ edit ]

References [ edit ]

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  2. ^ "History".
  3. ^ "Namibia". New Parline: the IPU’s Open Data Platform (beta). July 5, 2018.
  4. ^ Quadri, Maryam Omolara; Thomas, Erika K (2018). "Women and political participation in Namibia and Nigeria: a comparative analysis of women in elective positions" (PDF). Journal for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences. University of Namibia. 7 (2): 6–9. ISSN 2026-7215.
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