Indicator: 7.3 Composition of parliamentary bodies

The composition of parliamentary bodies, and of parliament as a whole, should reflect the diversity of political opinions and of social groups within a country.

The representation of political groups in the composition of parliamentary bodies is usually proportionate to the representation of these political groups in parliament as a whole. Parliaments often give special consideration to smaller political groups and independent MPs to ensure their effective representation.

Rules and practice have a significant role in determining the composition of parliament’s governing bodies, such as the presidium, committees and other parliamentary bodies, and the distribution of leadership roles. 

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