FACTS AND FIGURES OF FEMALE REPRESENTATION IN GHANA AND AFRICA

FACTS & FIGURES FOR WOMEN IN GOVERNANCE IN AFRICA Currently, there are 37 women in Ghana’s Parliament and this represents 13 percent from the majority and minority sides, a clear short of the 30 percent representation set by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).   The figure is an increase of 8, as against the election 2012 figure of 29, where 133 women contested 102 parliamentary seats.…

GUIDELINES FOR CONTESTING ELECTIONS IN GHANA

Qualifications and eligibility of Members of Parliament. A person shall not be qualified to be a candidate for the office of member of Parliament unless – He/she is a citizen of Ghana, has attained the age of twenty-one years and is a registered voter;   He/she is resident in the constituency for which he stands as a candidate for election to Parliament or has resided…

BARRIERS AND STRATEGIES TO WOMEN’S POLITICAL REPRESENTATION

Some African countries have already introduced a quo-ta system for women in parliament – Rwanda (2003), South Africa (1994) and Uganda (1989). But Ghana is not yet on this ‘fast track’. There are several reasons for the low representation of women in parliament. The ‘First-Past-The-Post’ Electoral System: This comes with an in-built winner-takes-all bias that can lead to distorted patterns of representation. The substantial monetization…