Political parties who are running alone or who have joined coalitions in the upcoming parliamentary elections on December 11, seem to have forgotten the women MPs. Only four women found themselves as candidates on lists in the constituencies of political parties.

Radmila Sekerinska of SDSM in constituency 5, Vesna Stoimenova from the Coalition for Change and Justice in the constituency 3, Danica Jovanova from the Liberal Party in constituency 4 and Marija Jones of the Levica party in constituency 3 are only four women candidates in the parliamentary lists. Unlike women, there are 54 men in the parliamentary lists.

Most female candidates have been put forward by the SDSM – 52, followed by VMRO for Macedonia- 51, and 50 prospective female MPs with VMRO-DPMNE.

PARTY C 1 C 2 C 3 C 4 C 5 C 6 C 7 Вкупно
VMRO-DPMNE 8 8 8 8 8 9 1 50
DPA 8 7 9 / 8 7 / 39
DUI 6 7 8 9 8 8 1 47
SDSM 9 8 8 8 9 9 1 52
Coalition for Change and Justice 8 8 8 8 8 8 / 48
Party for Democratic Prosperity / / / / / 7 / 7
Coalition Alliance for Albanians 8 7 / / 9 8 / 32
Liberal Party 8 7 8 9 8 / / 40
VMRO for Macedonia 9 8 8 9 9 8 / 51
Besa 7 8 / / 6 8 / 29
Levica 7 8 7 8 7 / / 37

Under recent amendments to the Electoral Code, Article 63 provides an increase from 30 to 40% for the representation of female candidates on the lists. Also, the article states that in every three places there must be one woman.

In the submitted list of candidates for MPs of paragraph (2) of this Article for members of the municipal council and the City of Skopje from paragraph (3) of this Article, at least 40% of candidates belong to the underrepresented sex: in every three places at least one place will be reserved for the less represented gender and additionally at least one place in ten places.

Parties who proposed parliamentary lists, technically met the conditions set out by the law, but practically, the next composition of Parliament will not have many women.

Candidates for female MPs on the electoral lists are mostly found 10th place and downwards, meaning it is likely that they will get seats.

Of the total 432 candidates for MPs, only 170 are on the lists from 1st to 10th place. But those places are still not guaranteed taking into account the results of the previous elections, but in recent polls, smaller parties will receive fewer MPs, meaning candidates first on the lists will actually get seats on the parliamentary benches.

On average, only three women from every voter lists from all parties are from first to 10th place. Usually, these places are reserved for women, 9, 10, 13, 16, 19, 20 on the list and third place is guaranteed by the Electoral Code.

In the last Parliament, there were only 42 female representatives of the 123 MPs, or roughly one-third of the total number of MPs.