Government Caucus Drops Ten Reserved Seats Proposal


In what appears to be a strong push by conservatives within the current government, Caucus has decided to drop the Temporary Special Measures, TSM, seeking ten reserved seats for women in parliament. The SIBC reports that TSM Working Group met with Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua last week and “he had informed them of the Caucus final decision to drop the proposal to get the additional reserved seats.” Prime Minister Sikua also informed the Working Group that the only compromise Caucus has made in terms of giving an opening for women parliamentarians is to leave the ten percent women quota in the political party integrity bill. The Working Group is yet to receive official feedback from Caucus on the decision but have accepted Prime Minister Sikua’s announcement “as confirmation.”