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Quotas in politics are unconstitutional

Published:Wednesday | June 11, 2014 | 12:00 AM

The Editor, Sir:

I am not averse to women in politics, but I find the gender quota talks somewhat baseless for a number of reasons.

Such a system would be tantamount to gender discrimination contrary to the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms.

Perpetuating such discrimination through national dictates would just be unacceptable. While political parties should be encouraged to involve competent female candidates in the political process, enacting a quota on any gender will be basically forcing parties to put forward candidates of a set gender even if they do not have the numbers of interested candidates to meet this quota.

Men more interested in politics

Men seem to be naturally more interested in politics. Why do I say this? I have observed a number of political gatherings of political groups and political youth groups, and always, the men turn out in greater numbers than women. Mark you, the women who turn out are well involved and demonstrate competence. Political gatherings such as these, however, are where most political aspirants network and get involved with the political machinery, suggesting therefore, that there exists a greater chance that more men will do the necessary political networking to eventually move up the party ranks.

Let's face it, politics anywhere in the world is highly dependent on your networking and contribution to the political parties (not just financial), and that's just the truth about it.

Aujae K. Dixon