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Number of female MPs jumps to 43

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By Bethsaida Msowoya:

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Women have made inroads in Parliament in the tripartite elections, after their number increased from 32 in 2014 to 43 this year,

According to 50:50-Campaign Management Agency Media Consultant Wisdom Chimgwede, unofficial results show that 43 female aspiring members of Parliament have made it to the august House.

“The rate of women legislators is, therefore, likely to be at 31 percent this year, from 22 percent in 2014.

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“The results demonstrate that we, as a nation, are beginning to appreciate the need of increasing the number of women in political leadership,” Chimgwede said.

He said the elected members of Parliament were from 18 districts across the country.

In a related development, a consortium of organisations that spearheaded the 50:50 campaign said in a statement on Friday that the Southern Region had registered more numbers of females elected, seconded by the Central Region while the Northern Region comes last.

The calculations in the statement indicate that there are 24 representatives from the Southern Region, 15 from the Central and three from the North.

The statement further indicates that about six districts will have no female representative in Parliament.

“Chitipa, Mwanza, Neno, Karonga, Mzuzu City, Likoma remain male-dominated districts,” the statement reads.

However, Mangochi is one of the districts basking in the sun of female glory, especially because Lilian Patel’s journey in Parliament continues.

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