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Women And Political Parties Take Blame Over Poor Participation In By-Elections

a WOMAN CASTES HER VOTE DURING THE RECENT BY ELECTIONS a WOMAN CASTES HER VOTE DURING THE RECENT BY ELECTIONS Image sourced at manaonline.gov.mw
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The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is blaming political parties and women for the poor participation of women in political positions.

Of the 193 seats in the Malawi parliament, only 32 are occupied by women making it a male dominant national assembly with 161 males.

This represents a 16.6 percent representation of women parliamentarians from the 2014 general elections.

The number of female legislators reduced to 32 from the 43 that were elected in 2009.

Only 56 women were elected Ward Councillors in 2014 from 457 Wards.

Speaking to Capital FM, the Chairperson for MEC Jane Ansah said that political parties and women themselves are to blame for this.

“It has been our plea that political parties should take deliberate efforts to include women. MEC does not field contestants; it is political parties who field contestants and it is a plea that please you should be inclusive.”

Ansah added, “Create conducive environment in the political parties so that women should participate.”

She further blamed women for reducing themselves to hand clappers and praise song singers.

“Most women do not want to go beyond hand clappers and praise song singers for political party leaders. They look down on themselves and never try to go and grab big political positions.”

Political parties have however thrown the blame to the women saying they belittle themselves and never attempt to stand strong.

United Democratic Front (UDF) Publicity Secretary Ken Ndanga emphasized that the party has put in place good policies but women fail to put them to use.

“I think to say that political parties are doing less is wrong. To a great extent, women themselves are the ones who need to be willing to grab these positions. If women will not be willing, we will still be having this problem,” Ndanga said.

More political parties have said that women are the ones who need to be on the fore front to take up leadership positions because policies are already there.

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