The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s proposal to appoint a woman to the position of Deputy Speaker is timely.
Director of CaFFE Surangi Ariyawansa said that it would increase women’s representation in Parliament.
She noted that female representation is less than six per cent according to the composition of the Seventh Parliament and that the number of women MPs was limited to 13 this time, because many party leaders did not care about female representation in the nomination process or in the allocation of National List seats.
The CaFFE Director added that as a result, other parties should work to give women the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the country’s legislative work. She emphasised that appointing a suitable MP to the position of Deputy Speaker is the most positive step that can be taken.
Meanwhile, the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) nominated a woman to the position of Deputy Speaker. Sajith Premadasa, leader of the SJB, announced on Twitter that MP Rohini Kaviratne, a powerful advocate for women’s and children’s rights, will be nominated to the position.
By Kamal Suraweera – Kandy