Women MPs urge voters to elect more female representatives

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – The female representation in Parliament requested the citizens of Sri Lanka to elect more suitable female representatives to the parliament at the coming general election to make policy decisions on behalf of women and children. They expressed these views addressing a press conference held yesterday at the Parliament complex.

It was emphasized that there are only 12 females as members of Parliament which is only 5% of the total number of Members of Parliament and that it is a major factor operating as an obstacle in making policy decisions, especially for women and children.

Speaking at the press conference, MP Sumedha G. Jayasena despite winning 25% of female representation in local government, provincial council for parliamentary representation, given that the percentage is not brought forward through the candidate list of the Party, Party Leaders should focus on including more female candidates in the candidate lists..

MP Rohini Kumari Wijerathna stated that within the current electoral system, it is a big challenge for a female candidate to contest the election because women cannot engage in distributing money, liquor and other items which are the tactics that male candidates use to win the election.

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