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Mongolia: Can New Electoral Law Help Women Enter Parliament?

As Mongolian women become more politically active they now have a better chance of becoming MPs. (Photo: Pearly Jacob)

If all goes as envisioned on June 28, Mongolia’s parliament will no longer be a male bastion.

Supported by recent revisions to Mongolia’s election law, a record number of women are on the ballot in parliamentary elections on June 28. They are seeking seats in what has traditionally been a male-dominated body. Of the 544 candidates running for the 76-seat parliament, 174 are women – well above a newly established 20-percent quota. But where their names appear on the lengthy ballot may be a determining factor in whether this becomes a breakthrough occasion.

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Pearly Jacob is a freelance journalist based in Ulaanbaatar.

Mongolia: Can New Electoral Law Help Women Enter Parliament?

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