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NZ: Labour Party push for ‘man ban’. Labour delegates to consider rule for women-only electorates.

Labour’s secretary Tim Barnett – who confirmed the rule change today – with former Labour leader Helen Clark in 2005. File photo / APN

Labour pushes for more female candidates New Zealand Herald 

The Labour Party is set to introduce a new rule under which electorates will be able to prevent men from seeking selection as a candidate by restricting it to women only.

A copy of the draft rules were leaked to blogger Whaleoil and include a provision: “An LEC [Labour Electorate Committee] may request that NZ Council determine that only women may nominate for the position of Labour candidate for their electorate.”

Labour delegates to consider rule for women-only electorates Radio New Zealand Labour is proposing a rule that would allow electorates to request that only women be allowed to contest a seat for the party.

The rule is contained in recommended changes to the party’s constitution to be considered at the party’s s annual conference in November.

Party president Moira Coatsworth said it would be up to individual electorates to request women-only contests in certain circumstances where there is a struggle to get female representation.

There is also a recommendation that the make-up of the party list ensure that at least 45% of the caucus be women for the 2014 election. From 2017 and onwards, that would rise to at least 50% of the caucus.

Labour Party push for ‘man ban’ 3News NZ The Labour Party is proposing a new rule that would give electorates the ability to prevent men from contesting a seat for the party.

It is part of a bid to increase female representation within the party, with the NZ Council eyeing a target of 45 percent female representation by 2014, and 50 percent by 2017.

One of the proposed changes to the party’s constitution is a provision dubbed the “man ban” by Whaleoil blogger Cameron Slater.

Labour proposes women-only seats in Parliament TVNZ Labour is poised to introduce new party rules to ensure half of its elected MPs are women by 2017 and would allow individual electorates to run “women-only” candidate selections. The proposed rule changes, to be decided at the party’s annual conference …

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