2526 (29%) women in local councils – A remarkable achievement – CaFFE

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) claimed that political parties and independent groups have appointed 1991 women for local councils from their additional lists and the percentage of female representatives have risen to 29%. This is a remarkable achievement for a country which only had 1% of women in local councils prior to the election, Executive Director of CaFFE, Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon said.

The elections commission has gazetted a list of 2526 female local Councillors. 535 women had won their respective wards during the February 10 local council election and the political parties have appointed 1991 women for local councils from their additional lists. United National Party (UNP) that came in second in many councils, have appointed most of the female candidates from the list.

Overall political parties fielded 17128 female candidates, out of which 535 were able to win their wards. Political parties and independent groups have appointed 1991 women for local councils from their additional lists. According to the Elections Commission that in total 8721 local Councillors have been appointed, thus 2526 amounts to 29% of the total number.

However there are 15 local councils that will be established without the 25% female quota. They are Kotagala, Point Pedro, Mannar, Musali, Weugal, Trincomalee Town and gravats, Thambalagamuwa, Muttur, Wanathawilluwa, Karaitivu, Thirukkovil and Manmunai pradesheeya sabhas and Trincomalee and Kinniya Urban Councils, CaFFE said in it’s statement today.