House of Representatives of Trinidad and Tobago
|12th Republican Parliament|
Leader of Government Business
Opposition Chief Whip
David A. Lee, UNC
since 23 September 2015
21 or (20 plus the Speaker of the House of Representatives) for a majority
|10 August 2020|
|The Red House, Abercromby Street, Downtown, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago|
|Constitution of Trinidad and Tobago|
|Trinidad and Tobago portal|
The House of Representatives is the elected lower house of the bicameral Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago, along with the President and Senate of Trinidad and Tobago. The House of Representatives sits at the Red House. It has 41 members, each elected to represent single-seat constituencies. The Parliament is elected with a five-year term, but may be dissolved earlier by the President if so advised by the Prime Minister.
After an election, the person commanding the support of the most members of the House is appointed Prime Minister and asked to form a government.
Five constituencies were added in the 2007 election; there were only 36 constituencies prior to 2007. There are now 41 constituencies.
The Presiding Officer of the House of Representatives is the Speaker of the House, who can either be one of the elected 41 members, or come from outside. This has implications for the calculation of special majority votes (42 members instead of 41).
As of 20 April 2021, there are only 12 female members (28.6%), and three members born in Tobago (7.3%).
|People's National Movement||322,250||49.08||–2.60||22||–1|
|United National Congress||309,188||47.09||+7.48||19||+2|
|Progressive Democratic Patriots||10,367||1.58||New||0||New|
|Progressive Empowerment Party||5,933||0.90||New||0||New|
|Independent Liberal Party||3,817||0.58||–0.12||0||0|
|Movement for Social Justice||1,223||0.19||New||0||New|
|Movement for National Development||1,039||0.16||New||0||New|
|New National Vision||493||0.08||–0.04||0||0|
|Trinidad Humanity Campaign||366||0.06||+0.04||0||0|
|National Organisation of We the People||310||0.05||New||0||New|
|National Coalition for Transformation||234||0.04||–0.01||0||0|
|One Tobago Voice||80||0.01||New||0||New|
|Unrepresented Peoples Party||73||0.01||New||0||New|
|Unity of the People||40||0.01||New||0||New|
|The National Party||23||0.00||New||0||New|
|Source: EBCTT, IPU|
Current members of Parliament
|Office||Name||Party Appointed by||Since|
|Speaker of the House of Representatives||
The Honourable Bridgid Annisette-George
|PNM||9 September 2015|
Notes and references
- "Trinidad and Tobago Parliament". www.ttparliament.org. Retrieved 16 October 2020.
- "Monthly ranking of women in national parliaments". Parline: the IPU’s Open Data Platform. Retrieved 2021-04-21.
- Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago
- Senate of Trinidad and Tobago
- Elections in Trinidad and Tobago
- List of political parties in Trinidad and Tobago
- List of speakers of the House of Representatives of Trinidad and Tobago
- Politics of Trinidad and Tobago