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Jakarta Post

Striving for 30 percent quota for women

  • Prodita Sabarini and Sebastian Partogi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 9 2013   /  11:51 am

Minimum need: Activists of the Civic Alliance for Women and Politics protest a ruling of the General Elections Commission (KPU) requiring that 30 percent of a political parties’ candidates must be women to be eligible to contest electoral districts. They said the rule did not penalize parties failing to meet the condition, while the commission said it would disqualify parties running only in the districts where women candidates were less than 30 percent of the parties’ candidates. Antara/Yudhi MahatmaNihayatul Wafiroh, 33, granddaughter of a popular Islamic boarding school founder in Banyuwangi, East Java, had turned down offers from political parties to contest past elections. This year she relented and agreed to run for next year’s general election.

The researcher and consultant, who will represent the National Awakening Party (PKB) for the East Java electoral district co...