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Comelec to ask for gender quota on party candidates

/ 07:03 AM March 13, 2018

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will ask the consultative committee, headed by retired Chief Justice Reynato Puno, to consider putting a gender quota on candidates to be fielded by political parties.

Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, the poll body’s gender and development committee chair, said this would ensure gender equality in government.

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“I hope that the constitutional amendments committee will add gender quota in the Constitution, as in some countries,” Guanzon said in her Twitter account, @commrguanzon.

Under her proposal, parties will be mandated to field a particular ratio of women candidates during polls. —Tina G. Santos

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