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Gender Imbalance in Local Governement Council Positions

By Amalawi - Thu Jun 05, 8:03 am

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Blantyre, Malawi:  A breakdown of Local Government Elections results released by Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has shown that women are still lagging behind men putting the 50-50 campaign initiative at the verge of collapse.

The results have shown that of the 457 councillors elected during the last elections, there are only 56 women who have made it and the rest 401 are men.

Malawi still ranks as one of the countries with low female representation not only in the SADC region but in the world.

At the moment, female parliamentary representation stands at 22.3 percent and this is a poor record compared to other countries within the region.

Malawi Electoral Commission final results for parliamentary elections saw 30 women being elected as lawmakers.

Gender Equality in Politics

Gender Equality in Politics

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) got more seats totalling to 165 councillors seats followed by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) which got 131 seats.

Emma Kaliya, the Chairperson of NGO Gender Coordination network expressed anger with the development saying it is discouraging to see that women are still lagging behind men.

According to a final analysis of the elections, a total of 1, 292 parliamentary candidates from 17 parties and 417 independent candidates competed, with 261 being women while for local councillor elections, 2,412, candidates from 18 parties and 576 independent candidates competed of which 419 were women.

The commission said 5,234,506 votes were cast in parliamentary elections representing 70.07 percent of registered voters. Of these votes, 74,634 votes or 1.43 percent were deemed null and void.

For local government elections, 5,153, 993 votes were cast, representing 68.99 percent of registered voters. Of these, 121,170 or 2.35 percent votes were deemed null and void.

 

 

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