“Although 51 per cent of the country’s population is female, I don’t think even a dozen females are in Parliament,” Wickremesinghe said.
He state that one proposal to resolve this issue is to allocate a certain number of nominations for females but that does not guarantee female representation.
The other system we are currently discussing is to increase the number of members in Pradeshiya Sabhas and Provincial Councils if necessary and allocate 25 per cent for female representatives, he said.
He said that the government is hoping to bring this amendment before the next Local Government polls and implement it at that election.
The local government election is scheduled to be held in March next year.