"We must Encourage and Empower potential Women Candidates who represent Minor Political Parties" FSLGA says

  27 June 2017

Minor political parties play a smaller role than a major party in a country's politics and elections. The difference between minor and major parties can be so big that the membership total, donations, and the candidates that they are able to produce or attract are very distinct. Some of the minor parties play almost no role in a country's politics because of their low recognition, vote and donations. Minor parties often receive very small numbers of votes at an election (to the point of losing any candidate nomination deposit.) The method of voting can also assist or hinder a minor party's chances. For example, in an election for more than one member, the proportional representation method of voting can be advantageous to a minor party as can preference allocation from one or both of the major parties.

As an independent organisation, FSLGA has carefully identified those challenges which are facing by minor political parties. To avoid those particular problems and challenges regarding to minor political parties, FSLGA has organised two workshops in Kandy and Colombo with collaboration of Westminster foundation for Democracy, on 15th and 20th of July 2017. Those workshops were mainly oriented on understanding the Local government legal system, new amendments to the Local Government Acts and Ordinance as well as understanding challenges regarding to the women’s quota in upcoming election, as a member of minor political party.

Number of potential women candidates who representing minor political parties were mainly focused in those workshops and participants were highly appreciated the intervention of FSLGA to encouraging them towards upcoming Local election.