Implement 25% Quota for Women in LG polls : Rosy

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In reference to the statement made by Elections Commission (EC) Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya that the implementation of the 25% quota for women in local government elections is uncertain, Colombo's Mayor-elect Rosy Senanayake urged the EC Chairman to take steps to implement the 25% Quota for Women in LG polls immediately.

Issuing a press release, she said the 2017 Local Authorities Elections Act, which amended the Local Authorities Ordinance, was successfully brought before Parliament by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and was the result of 20 years of agitation by women working on the ground. The Act was passed in unanimously in Parliament with not a single vote being cast against it.

“As one of the driving forces behind the provision, I can say with certainty that the law on the minimum representation of women is clear-cut. Under section 27F of the amended Ordinance “not less than twenty five per cent of the total number of members in each local authority shall be women members” The section is unambiguous and straightforward; it is not open to interpretation,” Ms. Senanayake said. “Under the Ordinance,a minimum of 10% of nominees from each political party for election through the Ward system has to be women while a minimum of 50% of nominees on the separate additional persons List of each party has also to be women. This formulation was put together with the sole aim of ensuring that a minimum of 25% of the members in each and every Council are women.

Ms. Senanayake said it was necessary to amend the law to further clarify the details of how exactly women members had been allocated by each political party in different circumstances in order to ensure the 25% minimum of women members.

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  • nick Saturday, 17 February 2018 08:30 AM

    What r u talking country is in a mess to form a government then again ur son too a stake holder in bond scam how can we trust you guys via DM Android App

    aroos Saturday, 17 February 2018 06:05 PM

    You Lordship madam. Is this the burning problem? at the moment? Please try to be pragmatic. Unwanted irrelevant thinking not suitable. We need pragmatism. Face the reality. Find the answer and solve problems of people who elected you. That is the best strategy for the next election. Select best advicers. Not your henchmen. They will take you to the defeat. Wish you a happy time

    Yerdua Sunday, 18 February 2018 06:08 PM

    Her Ladyship, Madam Rosy, once gave out lotteries of some sort. Now she wants to give Quota's.. Hope it is for all women, and not to a certain class of women.

    Truthseeker Saturday, 17 February 2018 10:09 PM

    To hell with your socialist quotas. The people elect their representatives, not your stupid, dangerous ideals of outcome -not opportunity, equality.

    GH Sunday, 18 February 2018 12:26 AM

    People will decide after your leadership at CMC, and would that be need-of-the-day or useless theory! Let's await!

    Dayawathie Sunday, 18 February 2018 08:33 AM

    Quota system is not the way to progress. Educated women should come forward and earn our place in politics and males should support without being sexist.

    Sedris Sunday, 18 February 2018 10:16 AM

    Why, the quota system allows unintelligent people to secure VIP roles.


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