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Parliament of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana


Parliament name Parliament of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana
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Structure of parliament Unicameral
Affiliation to the IPU Yes
Affiliation date(s) 1981 - 1985
2016 -
President Barton Scotland (M) 
Notes Elected on 10 June 2015.
Secretary General Sherlock E. Isaacs (M) 
Members (statutory / current number) 69 / 69

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Women (current number) 22 (31.88%)
Mode of designation directly elected 65
other 4
Notes Other: includes three non-elected ministers and the Speaker.
Note: A maximum of four non-elected ministers and two non-elected Parliamentary Secretaries may sit in the National Assembly. If the Speaker is not an elected member, he or she becomes a member of the National Assembly by virtue of holding the office of Speaker. The National Assembly may thus have up to 72 members.
Term 5 years
Last renewal dates 11 May 2015
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Address National Assembly
Parliament Office
Public Buildings
Brickdam, Stabroek
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Phone (592) 226-8456-9
226 1465
Fax (592) 225 1357
E-mail sherlockeisaacs@gmail.com


Parliament name Parliament of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Electoral law 25 September 1964
Last amendment: 13.02.2001
Mode of designation directly elected 65
other 4
Constituencies - 10 geographical constituencies accounting fro 25 seats
- one nation-wide constituency for 40 seats.
Voting system Proportional: Closed party-list proportional representation system based on the Largest Remainder system using Hare quota.
Vacancies between general elections are filled by "next-in-line" candidate of the same party.
Voting is not compulsory.
Voter requirements - age: 18 years
- Guyanese or British Commonwealth citizenship
- domicile and residence in Guyana for a period of at least one year
- disqualifications: insanity, conviction for election-connected offences, certain government contractors
Eligibility - qualified electors
- age: 18 years
- Guyanese citizenship
- ability to speak and read the English language with a degree of proficiency sufficient to take an active part in the proceedings of the Assembly
- ineligibilities: allegiance to a foreign State, death sentence, imprisonment exceeding six months, insanity, certain public officials, members of the armed and police forces, and certain government contractors
Incompatibilities - certain public officials
- members of armed or police forces
Candidacy requirements - membership of a political party
- party list of candidates must be supported by not less than 200 electors
- a third of the candidates nominated must be women


Parliament name Parliament of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Dates of election / renewal (from/to) 11 May 2015
Timing and scope of renewal The Partnership for National Unity - Alliance for Change coalition (APNU-AFC, see note), led by former army general David Granger, narrowly won both parliamentary and presidential elections, thereby ending the People's Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C)'s 23-year rule. Outgoing President Donald Ramotar (PPP/C), who lost to Mr. Granger, claimed the elections had been rigged and demanded a recount. International observers said the elections were free and fair. On 16 May, Mr. Granger was sworn in as the new President.

The major electoral issues were measures to tackle the high crime rate, unemployment, corruption as well as drug and human trafficking. The early elections followed the prorogation of parliament by the President in November 2014, in an apparent attempt to avoid a vote of no confidence against his minority government. A motion had been tabled in August by the AFC, which accused the PPP/C of corruption, mismanagement and lack of transparency, and a successful vote would have seen the dissolution of parliament and early elections.

In January 2015, the President announced the holding of early parliamentary elections, stating that the prorogation of parliament had not eased tensions between the parliamentary parties.

In the previous elections held in 2011, the APNU and the AFC fielded candidates separately and won a total of 33 seats. This was one more than the PPP/C, which failed to secure a parliamentary majority for the first time in 19 years. Mr. Ramotar subsequently formed a minority PPP/C government, the first since Guyana gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1966. In 2015, the APNU and the AFC submitted a joint candidate list.
Date of previous elections: 28 November 2011

Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature: 28 February 2015*
*The dissolution of the outgoing legislature was constitutionally due by 12 February 2015, three months ahead of the polling day.

Timing of election: Early elections

Expected date of next elections: May 2020

Number of seats at stake: 65 (full renewal)

Number of parties contesting the election: 7

Number of parties winning seats: 2 (including one coalition)

Alternation of power: Yes

Number of parties in government: One coalition including two parties

Names of parties in government: A Partnership for National Unity - Alliance for Change (APNU-AFC)

Date of the first session of the new parliament: 10 June 2015

Name of the new Speaker: Mr. Barton Scotland (non-elected member)
Voter turnout
Round no 111 May 2015
Number of registered electors
Blank or invalid ballot papers
Valid votes
412'012 (72.19%)

Distribution of votes
Round no 1
Political group Candidates Votes % of votes
A Partnership for National Unity - Alliance for Change (APNU-AFC)
People's Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C)
Distribution of seats
Round no 1
Political Group Total of seats
A Partnership for National Unity - Alliance for Change (APNU-AFC) 33
People's Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) 32
Distribution of seats according to sex


Percent of women


Distribution of seats according to age
Distribution of seats according to profession
Source: National Assembly (12.06.2015, 01.09.2015, 01.01.2017)

Note on the distribution of seats:
The statistics above refer to the 65 directly-elected seats.
As at 12 June 2015, 37 members from the government had been sworn in:
- 33 directly-elected members (including 13 women) from “A Partnership for National Unity - Alliance for Change (APNU-AFC)”;
- three non-elected ministers and;
- the Speaker, a non-elected member, who became an ex officio member of the National Assembly.
- 32 members of the People's Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), including nine women, were sworn in on 17 August, bringing the number of women to 21 out of a total of 69 members.


Parliament name Parliament of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Title Speaker of the National Assembly
Term - duration: 5 years (term of House)
- reasons for interruption of the term: resignation, death, dissolution
Appointment - elected by all the Members of the Assembly who are present
- election is held at the first sitting of the newly elected Assembly or when a vacancy occurs
- before Members are sworn in
Eligibility - any Member of the Assembly can be a candidate
- candidatures must be submitted by a third party who is himself a Member of the Assembly
- candidatures must be seconded by another Member
Voting system - if only one candidature is submitted : the candidate is elected without a vote or debate
- if several candidatures are submitted : a secret ballot is taken for each candidates in the order of their registration until one of them is elected.
Procedures / results - the Clerk presides over the Assembly during the voting
- the Clerk announces the results without any delay
Status - in the absence of the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker (or any other Member elected for that sitting) can assume his/her role and functions
Material facilities NA (no information received)
Organization of parliamentary business - convenes sessions, in exceptional case only
- organises the debates and sets speaking time
- examines the admissibility of questions, petitions, bills and amendments
Chairing of public sittings - can open and close sittings, within the framework of the Standing Orders
- can suspend sittings for short periods
- ensures respect for provisions of the Constitution and Standing Orders
- makes announcements concerning the Assembly
- takes disciplinary measures in the event of disturbance, and lifts such measures
- establishes the list of speakers, gives (the Member who catches the Speaker's eye would have the floor) and withdraws permission to speak
- calls for a vote, decides how it is to be carried out, verifies the voting procedure and cancels a vote in the event of irregularities
- checks the quorum
- authenticates the adopted texts and the records of debates
- interprets the rules or other regulations governing the life of the Assembly
Special powers - is responsible for safety, and in this capacity, can call the police in the event of disturbance in the Assembly
Speaking and voting rights, other functions - takes part in voting, only if he/she has been elected at the Assembly and only in the case of a tied vote

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