Wednesday, 15 April 2009 8:06 PM

10 seats for women in parliament

Almost all commentators against the idea to reserve 10 seats for women in parliament refer to the Constitution to substantiate the arguement that it would be unfair for men because the current SI Constitution place both men & women on equal footing.

However, we must not overlook that the same Constitution also provide for exceptions under the same s.15. That is, making laws that are discriminatory in themselves or their effects, under the specific exceptions provided are allowed. As some have raised such may be "unfair" for men. But be reminded that it is not unlawful.

Also raise your antenas to the fact that democracy takes different styles. While I stand to be corrected, I think the one we have in SI is not just democracy but "Representative Democracy". I leave that for those doing political science to eloborate on.

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