Sunday, 1st March 2015

Women leaders demand half seats in 26 CA nominations

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Women leaders affiliated to different political parties have demanded to nominate at least 50 percent women in the remaining 26 seats of the newly elected Constituent Assembly (CA).

In this regard, they have started a campaign of handing over memorandum to leaders of major political parties on Thursday, so as to take ahead their demand.

The campaign began with the submission of the memorandum to UCPN (Maoist) Chairperson, Pushpa Kamal Dahal. When the women leaders met with Dahal, they argued that women need to be appointed in at least 13 seats.

In return, Dahal said he would reach a conclusion after discussing the issue with other political parties. “I will raise this issue in the High Level Political Committee,” Dahal said.

According to CA Regulation, there has to be at least 33 percent women participation in the 601-member CA. The first CA had ensured 33 percent women participation.

This time around, as the number of women elected under the direct election (first-past-the-post) was less than it was in the first CA, around 30 percent women are present in the second CA. Even after that, this number is one of the highest numbers of women in the parliaments of South Asia and the world, according to figures.




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