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Jakarta Post

House seats for women could decline

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 16 2009   /  09:06 am

Female legislative candidates and activists remain pessimistic that their representation at the House of Representatives could drop drastically. The concern stems from the fact that the state seems unwilling to guarantee an increase in House seats for women, while, political parties have been stripped of any internal mechanism to ensure more female legislators represent them, politicians say.
The Constitutional Court's ruling to scrap Article 214 of the 2008 Legislative Elections Law — which allowed parties to determine their representatives in legislative bodies based on a hierarchical system of seat distribution, rather than giving seats to candidates who win the most votes — has been deemed a huge blow for female candidates.
Political parties are now afraid that making an internal ruling to allocate women one of every three seats could violate the law....