Political parties 'discriminate' own female-candidates: CaFFE

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Female candidates contesting the upcoming Local Government (LG) election are seen subjected to maltreatment by their own political parties, the election watchdog- Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) said today.

CaFFE Executive Director Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon commented on a growing development where female candidates were being neglected and not receiving the ‘same’ attention given to their male counterparts by their respective political parties.

“Political parties tend to ignore the female candidates in their wards. This prejudice is bound to boomerang on the final result of the polls of any political party. The Election Commission will make sure that 25 percent of female representation is made from the total number of seats secured by a political party at a given LG body. Therefore, it is vital to pay attention to all candidates irrespective of their gender,” he said.

He said issues could arise when the female candidates, who did not receive the backing from the party, were elected to a LG body. “They may not support the party’s decision- making in the LG bodies,” he said.

He said certain candidates continued to intimidate candidates of the same party with the impression that this was a preferential votes-based election. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

  Comments - 5

  • astrologer Monday, 01 January 2018 08:15 PM

    I am sure that these females will be the first to change parties once elected

    ceylon Monday, 01 January 2018 08:41 PM

    female facing all problems today are due to former executive pm sirima and president chandrika totaly neglected females of country.they took care of only themselves. via DM Android App

    Ranjan Monday, 01 January 2018 11:20 PM

    When a woman gets pregnant she begins loose about 40% of her memory and it is supposed get back to full level after about six months of giving birth.This is one of many medical conditions the female body experiences. These are scientific facts. So is it wise to allow women to hold high powered jobs simply because we don't want women to be discriminated in employment.

    Lord Wolfstein Tuesday, 02 January 2018 11:27 AM

    If it is true that women lose 40% memory during pregnancy, they still have 40% more memory than their male counterparts.

    Dhammikad Tuesday, 02 January 2018 10:12 AM

    Those who discriminate their own candidates will only lead to their own party being defeated .

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