Text and picture by PRIYAN DE SILVA
Chairman of the Election Commission (EC) Nimal Punchihewa, addressing participants at an International Women’s Day event, held in Colombo, on Tuesday evening, said that female members of local authorities were less corrupt, more sensitive about the future of the nation, and more law-abiding, compared to their male counterparts.
Punchihewa said that females cared for children who were the future of the nation and did not break the law. Corruption could be reduced drastically by electing more females to local authorities as there were hardly any allegations of corruption levelled against sitting female members, the EC Chief said.
Punchihewa said that he was not aware of any incident where female councillors had demanded kickbacks and that was probably the main reason that they lacked financial support for their campaigns.
Punchihewa pointed out that the fundamental principle of democracy was majority rule and individual rights but in Sri Lanka where 53% of citizens were female, their representation in politics was woefully inadequate. He said that even the fundamental rights of females were violated when nomination lists of the main political parties were prepared.
He said that it was encouraging to see the numbers increase gradually and 26,005 females have received nominations to contest the 2023 local government elections.