Impact of Election Law on Women’s Participation in Parliament - English

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Date Added
2016-07-13

Corporate Authorship
USAID Takamol - Gender Program

Issue Date
2016

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Placeholder Image The Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Project (TAKAMOL)
(Reem Abdel-Hadi)

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PDF

Language
English

Activity
The Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Project (TAKAMOL)

Tags: Women in development Government and law Elections Legislative strengthening Laws and legislation

Based on previous election laws, women could run for elections outside the quota, which gave them two chances of winning a seat; the first through competition and the second through the quota and this enabled 3 women to win outside the quota in the 2013 Parliament. Based on the current law, this was unclear until the Law Interpretation Bureau resolved this ambiguity by clearly ruling that a female candidate is not under obligation to announce that she is running for quota or not. There is no doubt that this ruling enhances women’s political participation and increases her chances of winning a seat in normal competition.

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