LILONGWE (Malawi NewsNow) –Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) said Wednesday that it is proposing the possibility of increasing the number of women in Parliament following their poor representation in the National Assembly.

MEC Chief Elections Officer, Mr Willy Kalonga, said in the capital Lilongwe that the proposal will have to go through the National Assembly before 2017 as the country will be preparing for the 2019 tripartite elections.

“The proposal will include demarcation of some constituencies and also introducing a fourth ballot specifically for women, among others. This will help increase the representation of women in the National Assembly,” he said.

On the proposal for a fourth ballot, he explained that if people are going to vote then they will be voting for president, Member of Parliament, ward councilor and the fourth will be for a woman.

Among the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries, Malawi has the lowest representation of women in the National Assembly with only 43 women out of 193 seats.