DPP fields most female candidates followed by UTM – Report

Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has featured the largest number of women standing on the party ticket, followed by the political new kids on the political block, the UTM Party.

DPP female legislators Cecilia Chazama( left) and Jeffrey wa Jeffrey

On the other hand, Lilongwe has featured the highest percentage of female candidates standing for parliamentary office at 35 percent, followed by Ntchisi (33.3 percent) and Dedza (31.1 percent).

This is according to a gendered analysis of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) 2019 Presidential and Parliamentary statistics.

The analysis was conducted by the NGO Gender Coordination Network (NGO-GCN).

The analysis states that a majority of the female candidates are, however, standing on independent tickets and considering preceding voting trends in these districts where voters generally vote along party lines and the region being predominantly a Malawi Congress Party (MCP) stronghold, the likelihood of most of the independents being elected to parliament is lean.

“Political party backing is the most significant factor for female candidates and the absence of such backing can disturb one’s chances of being elected into office. For instance, only three of the 23 constituencies in Lilongwe have a female a candidate on an MCP ticket, in Kasungu only one of the nine constituencies has a female candidate on MCP ticket, in Mzimba only two of the 12 constituencies have a female candidate standing on a MCP ticket while in Nsanje there is no woman standing for office under the MCP ticket,” reads the analysis in part.

Interestingly, of the 33 constituencies in the Northern Region, only two have women standing on MCP ticket.

In Chitipa, Karonga, Nkhatabay, Likoma, Mzuzu, and Rumphi there are no female candidate standing on a MCP ticket while UTM and DPP have fielded an average of one female candidate in these districts.

Among the parties currently represented in parliament, People’s Party (PP) is the most progressive as regards inclusion of women in politics and decision-making, the analysis says.

“The party has a female presidential candidate and has the highest number of women standing on a party ticket. 30.8 percent of the candidates for PP are women compared to 26.5% for DPP, 22.5 percent for UTM, and 15.3 percent for MCP. This is an indication that having women as political party leaders can contribute to many women participating in politics and decision making.

Most of the women are contesting as independent candidates. At least 123 of the 304 women contesting for parliamentary office are independents.

The analysis says this partly indicates the frustration that most female aspirants have had with the glass ceilings in political parties as most of them lost in the party primary elections owing to a number of factors including institutionalised systematic gender barriers in political party participation.

“Most of the political parties did not take the necessary steps to ensure that their primaries were conducted in a free and fair manner. The percentage of female candidates in 2019 has increased from 261 in 2014 to 304. This is a progressive output as it points to increased interest in women to stand for political office. In addition this points to increased agency among women to be active in civic participation.

Forty four (44) out of the 193 constituencies, representing 22.79 percent, have no woman as a parliamentary candidate. This is a likely drawback to the achievement of 50:50 representation of men and women in parliament,” it concludes.

NGO-GCN network coordinator, Innocent Hauya, said in an interview on Tuesday that the increased number of women standard for presidential and parliamentary office in 2019 is a progressive result in achieving increased participation of women in politics and decision-making.

However, Hauya said learning from past voting trends and considering that a lot of the women in 2019 are competing on an independent ticket, the success rate of the women standing for parliamentary office is likely to remain similar to 2014.

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winston msowoya
winston msowoya
2 years ago

MALAWIANS,KALULU AKAZIPHALILA NKHANGA KUTI,UNANDI WAWO NGWA WAKA IYO WANGAWANYAMULA WOSE ,NDIPO NADI AKAWANYAMULA WOSE PAMOZA.NADI UNANDI NGWAWAKA!!!!!!!

winston msowoya
winston msowoya
2 years ago

Here you can see how idiotic Peter is.Having noted that the population of Malawi’s women is over men,he rushed to fielding incompetent and prostitutes into the coming general elections foolishly thinking that DPP will easily cutapulted to Parliament and form the government.SHAME DPP!!!!!! it is unbelievable to note that Muthalika would fall into that guagmire that would fill loughing-stocks into the most respected house of our country.Malawians of all walks of life,the moment you vote for these useless and rotten pumpkins,that would spellout the fall of our Parliamentary efficiency in the history of our nation.Mind you Muthalika has already filled… Read more »

Ndata Albino Auction Floor

Women standing for dpp have no qualities of a woman. They are thugs. How can a woman support a party that is in the thick of killings of albinos? How can a woman represent a party that steals or is corrupt? Such women have qualities of prostitutes. Utm has picked anything just to make up numbers. Anita Kalinde ndi munthu? Loveness Gondwe ndi munthu? Zinazi nzinyama za azimayi. Mahule otha ntchito.

THIRD EYE
THIRD EYE
2 years ago

some times i wonder if this IDIOT (ndata albino auction floor) is human, always posting shit comments and even taking pride in the albino killing as your name suggest, may God forgive you

USOVENGE
USOVENGE
2 years ago

HAHAHHAHHA AND AFTER WATCHING THE 2 CHIMULIRENJI RALLIES, I AM CONVINCED THAT IN CASE DPP WINS AND CALAMITY STRIKES PETER DIES AND CHIMULIRENJI BECOMES PRESIDENT…..NDITHUDI BOMA LAKE AMENE ANGAZALANDE SI A SILIKALI KOMA A SEKILIKO ( G4S)..HE IS TOO USELESS

Amos
2 years ago

DPP my foot!! Muwinira kuti mwaba ndalama zambiri ndiye kugula mavoti sirikhala vuto otherwise wait n see, game ndi ya chilima. MCP munalamulira 31years. Uku mukupha, mukufuna mubwereremo kawiri. Misala eti

Namaseko
Namaseko
2 years ago

Joyce Banda is all about Joyce Banda. She uses poor women to build up her own profile. What she does has nothing to do with women empowerment , she is very calculating, she is about impressing “ Azungu” that is why many women disdain her and did not vote for her in 2014

Nambewe Sokosi
Nambewe Sokosi
2 years ago

I feel i cant support a fellow woman for the mere fact that she is a woman NO! but only if i’m convinced shes capable and can deliver, she’s gat to tell me whats in her package worth my vote not otherwise, the same sentiments go to all male candidates. My views…… and no apologies.

Kaya
Kaya
2 years ago

JOYCE BANDA LOST AS A SITTING PRESIDENT,WOMEN WERE AGAINST THEIR OWN WOMAN.

CASHGATE !
CASHGATE !
2 years ago
Reply to  Kaya

Joyce Banda is NOT a true champion for women, NEVER has been! She is too self-centered to champion for other women

Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
2 years ago
Reply to  CASHGATE !

I have looked up for the word “self-centred’ and its meaning in the dictionary. It says “interested only in oneself”. As it is, the use of that word against the former president is rather unfair. More so when one considers her efforts she put in with a view to make sure that pregnant women elsewhere are properly taken care of before giving birth in well maintained structures. In fact the Safe Motherhood Initiative that her administration initiated caught the eyes of others outside Malawi. A case in point was in Tanzania. Of late the media has reported of pregnant women… Read more »

Gertrude
Gertrude
2 years ago

She truly loves the spot light and does not like to be outshown, no dictionary definition needed my friend

Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
2 years ago
Reply to  Gertrude

True, Gertrude. Nevertheless, that is typical of all women including then one you have directed your verbal tirade. They like to be on the spot light and never be out shown.

FACT
FACT
2 years ago

Is it just a matter of fielding women or Capability.Women are also to blame on their part.They don’t support eachother it is men who are supporting women than women themselves.

Maliseche
Maliseche
2 years ago
Reply to  FACT

True but if Chimulirenji is an example of capability then I’m dead😊

Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
2 years ago
Reply to  FACT

I concur. But men are often stingy to support women. It boils down to gender stereotyping. Women are often portrayed solely as homemakers and carers of families, dependent on men or as objects of male attention. All that is on an account of constructed notion of femininity and masculinity which in turn affect women’s status in society. They are seen as incompetent such that they cannot do a job seen as a preserve of men only. However, gender streaming is needed to address these notion of femininity and masculinity.

BigMan
BigMan
2 years ago

Yes, in DPP they are even allowed to take part in the beating up of political opponents.

POOR MAN FEEL IT
POOR MAN FEEL IT
2 years ago

pa chipewapa alemba chitetezo kama nanga anthu akufawa bwanji ?

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