‘Al­lo­cate 30 per cent of elec­toral seats to women can­di­dates’

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KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Kead­i­lan Rakyat ( PKR) vice- pres­i­dent, Zu­raida Ka­marud­din has called for a quota of 30 per cent of the elec­toral seats be al­lo­cated to women can­di­dates.

Zu­raida, who is also Hous­ing and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter, said the quota was part of the elec­toral re­form pro­posed by Wanita PKR.

“Wanita PKR’s agenda in­cludes cham­pi­oning elec­toral re­form such as con­sid­er­ing the pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion sys­tem where at least 30 per cent of seats to be con­tested in the gen­eral elec­tion be al­lo­cated to women can­di­dates.

“I have asked Haniza ( Wanita PKR chief, Haniza Mohd Talha) to cham­pion it this term.

“I hope the pro­posal will be brought up to the fore and to the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion to­wards elec­toral re­form,” she told re­porters after clos­ing the Cen­tral Zone Wanita PKR Con­ven­tion, here yes­ter­day.

Zu­raida said since Pakatan Hara­pan won in the 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion on May 9 last year, women par­lia­men­tar­i­ans made up 13 per cent of the to­tal com­pared to 10 per cent un­der the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment.

Ear­lier, Haniza said Wanita PKR would also pro­pose non­con­stituency seats to en­able women to be ap­pointed par­lia­men­tar­i­ans with­out go­ing through the gen­eral elec­tion.

She said with more women par­lia­men­tar­i­ans, the tar­get of 30 per cent women’s par­tic­i­pa­tion at the de­ci­sion-mak­ing level in pol­i­tics could be achieved. — Ber­nama

— Ber­nama photo

Zu­raida (stand­ing) de­liv­ers her man­date at the con­ven­tion. Seated from left are PKR Fed­eral Ter­ri­tory Women chief Idawate Pa­ri­man, Haniza and PKR Se­lan­gor Women chief Dr Daroyah Alwi.

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