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Jakarta Post

House may see record number of women

  • The Jakarta Post

JAKARTA   /   Thu, May 7 2009   /  12:40 pm

This year’s legislative elections will almost certainly see female candidates making up a record high 18 percent of the House of Representatives, the highest rate since the 13 percent recorded in 1987. As of May 6, the Center for Electoral Reform (Cetro) had reported that 88 female legislative candidates had almost certainly secured a seat from the 560 contested in the April 9 elections.
Cetro gathered the data from 66 out of the 77 electorates nationwide. “We predict that the number may still slightly increase as there are more electorates to be counted yet,” Cetro executive director Hadar Navis Gumay said Wednesday. “The total number will probably not exceed 100 as the remaining electorates, such as Papua, are areas which have conservative approaches towards women,” he added. Activist groups have long sought a ruling to ensure that a minimum 30 ...