Bill aimed at boosting female representation in local government presented in parliament

Bill aimed at boosting female representation in local government presented in parliament

Bill aimed at boosting female representation in local government presented in parliament

Written by Tharushan Fernando

12 Jan, 2016 | 9:02 pm

The Local Government Elections Amendment bill was presented to parliament on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

The amendment is aimed at boosting female representation in local government bodies and also proposes to increase the number of local government representatives by a third of the current number. The increment allows accepted political parties and independent groups to nominate a higher number of female candidates.

According to the draft bill, political parties and groups need to forward two nomination papers when selecting female candidates.

There are currently 4,486 members of local government bodies; the amendment would add another 1,495 members to the system. Meanwhile, the bill on registering Theravada Bhikkhu symposiums and the bill on micro-finance, were also presented in parliament on Tuesday.

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