Female MPs should be elected on merit

EDITOR — I am responding to an article titled Female MPs demand more Parly seats in one of the Daily News editions last week where women  parliamentarians were demanding that the proposed amendments to the Electoral Act include clauses that create constituencies that are exclusively for women so that it becomes compulsory that at least 50 percent of parliamentarians are women.

Why is it that these women want seats on a silver platter? Is this not the age of equality?

Is not meritocracy as opposed to sexism that drives development? I remember women parliamentarians who were elected on proportional representation complaining that their counterparts elected in Parliament derogatively call them “baccosi”.

I do not think progressive women like to be classified like that. Women should get seats that they deserve because the electorate believes they can deliver even better than their male counterparts.

It’s all about meritocracy and  the electorate are the judges. Section 124 1(b) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No.20) created the additional seats women members elected under the party list system of proportional representation based on the votes cast for candidates representing political parties in a general election for constituency members in the province.

This is, “for the life of the first Parliament after the effective date.

This constitutional provision was meant to allow women “to grow”, grooming them that at least by the end of the ten years from the effective date they would have “matured” enough to compete with their male counterparts as equals.

The electorate will then be able to look at both men and women and select their representatives based on meritocracy and ability to represent them and deliver on their behalf.

The demand by women parliamentarians is against the spirit of equality between men and women.

It tries to circumvent the Constitution by smuggling the idea of female-only constituencies into other statutes through the proposed amendments to the Electoral Act.

In my view, this is unconstitutional, biased, unfair, sexist and should be resisted by all progressive Zimbabweans.

If men and women are equal why this special treatment? Let us not accept everything that “suggests” advancement of women hook, line and sinker. Let’s be positive as opposed to trying to be “correct” when approaching feminist issues.

Fred Isaac Misi

Comments (1)

@fred Issac Misi, am 100% behind you.Lets use history to base our answer.2013 Mdc-t primary elections women seats wre reserved but if you visit constituencies of ths reserved parlimentarians you will be shocked that thy dont deliver. Second no one is special we are all equal let the deserving candidates be voted.Khupe,Thabita Khumalo and Chinomona if you want to be Part presidents come out stop hiding by incrising more women parlimentary seats

lihlo - 29 June 2017

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