A total of 22 female candidates in Karonga district have presented nomination papers to either contest for parliamentary or local government seats in the May 21 tripartite elections.
The number of female aspirants, which is said to be the highest in the history of elections in the lakeshore district, has been attributed to rigorous campaign, by three civil society organizations-CSO’s, for equal representation in the race since June last year.
By close of the nomination papers’ presentation exercise last Friday, five female aspirants had submitted parliamentary forms while seventeen women had presented their credentials for local government seats.
Pan African Civic Educators Network (PACENET) in conjunction with Youth and Society (YAS) are some of the organizations working in the district to promote equal representation in elected positions.
Speaking in an interview with a MEC stringer for Karonga, Executive Director for Pacenet Steve Duwa said this year’s tripartite elections are a litmus test, not only for the district but Malawi as a whole, on peoples’ mindset towards women leadership in society.
Last week the Malawi Electoral Commission received nomination papers from people aspiring to be the President, members of parliament and Ward Councillors.