House of Representatives (Trinidad and Tobago)

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.

House of Representatives of Trinidad and Tobago
12th Republican Parliament
Type
Type
Leadership
Deputy Speaker
Esmond Forde, PNM
Structure
Seats41
21 or (20 plus the Speaker of the House of Representatives) for a majority
Political groups
Government
  •   People's National Movement (22)

Official Opposition

Elections
First-past-the-post
Last election
10 August 2020
Next election
2025
Meeting place
The Red House, Abercromby Street, Downtown, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Website
www.ttparliament.org
Constitution
Constitution of Trinidad and Tobago

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, or 28.6%[2] and three members born in Tobago or 7.3%.