Gender analysis for Malaysia's 14th General Election Parliament Candidates
Among the campaign promises, for Pakatan Harapan one of the political coalitions for Malaysia's 14th General Elections was to have 30% representation by women. All major political parties fell far short of this figure when submitting candidates. Overall only 11% of electoral candidates were women, making this election promise difficult to achieve.
- Women were severely under represented for parliamentary elections, making up only 11% of total candidates.
- Women in major political parties from both sides, did very well relative to their male counterparts
Breakdown by Party
Out of 39 parties contesting in GE14, only 19 parties have female candidates.
In GE14, we see People’s Justice Party (PKR) with the most female candidates with 13 representatives, forming 18.06% out of the total candidates from PKR. PKR is also the party with the third highest number of candidates.
This is followed by Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) with 10 female candidates, forming only 6.37% of the total candidates representing PAS, as they have 147 male candidates. PAS is also the party with the most number of candidates.
United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) has the third highest number of female candidates (9 persons), forming 7.63% of the total candidates representing UMNO. UMNO is also the party with the second highest number of candidates.
In terms of percentage, Peace Party is the only party with 100% female candidates with 2 persons, followed by Malaysian United Party (2 persons), and United Sabah Party (2 persons), both at 40%.