Women may get 79 or 14 percent of the total seats in the House of Representatives following April's legislative election; a figure that was lower than the historic high of 18 percent or 103 seats in the 2009 election, researchers said Monday.
This is despite more women candidates, accounting for 37 percent or 2,467 of the total 6,619 candidates, contesting the 560 House seats.
"This really shows the need to evaluate political party policies regarding their efforts to have women candidates win seats," said Sri Budi Eko Wardani, director of the University of Indonesia's (UI) Center for Political Studies (Puskapol).
Women candidates gained 23.31 percent of national votes from around 125 million, slightly higher than the 22.45 percent gained in 2009, according to Puskapol.
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