With few women FPTP candidates, more of them may need to be elected to the upper house to meet the requirement.
Cross-party women politicians have long been lobbying with their leaders to increase the number of female candidates in the first-past-the-post (FPTP) elections. Their efforts to secure one-third women candidates in direct election, however, couldn’t materialise as the parties prioritised male candidates.
The CPN-UML, which has fielded 141 candidates for the House of Representatives seats, spared only 11 tickets for women. The Nepali Congress is way behind, with just five among 91 candidates being women. The CPN (Maoist Centre), which has been a vocal supporter of inclusion, has nine women among its 47 candidates. The CPN (Unified Socialist) and the Rastriya Janamorcha have a woman candidate each.
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