|History and Biodata
Meshrano Jirga , House of Elders. Upper House
Dates of election / renewal (from/to): 20 February 2010
Purpose of elections Renewal of the 68 members indirectly elected by the Provincial Councils in November 2005. The statutory number of members of the House of Elders is three times the number of existing provinces (currently 34) comprising the following members. -
68 indirectly elected members: These include one representative from each of the 34 Provincial Councils, serving a four-year term; and one representative from each of the 34 local District Councils, serving a three-year term. -
34 appointed members: appointed by the President for a five-year term. On 20 August 2009, elections to the Provincial Councils were held in parallel with presidential elections. As was the case in 2005, elections to the District Councils were not held. The seats reserved for the District Councils will continue to be filled by the representatives of the Provincial Councils until District Council elections are held.
On 20 February 2010, 68 representatives (two from each of the 34 Provincial Councils) including 11 women were elected. Following the 2010 renewal, the House of Elders comprises 28 women out of a total of 102 members. Distribution of seats according to sex Men 74 Women 28 Percent of women 27.45% Note on the number of women: Eleven women were indirectly elected while 17 were appointed by the President. Source: House of Elders (17.07.2010)