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Lutfo works his magic again

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NDZINGENI – The Minister of Labour and Social Security, Lutfo Dlamini, stands another chance of being elected to serve as Ndzingeni MP for the third consecutive term after winning the Primary Elections by a difference of 248 votes.

The Ndzingeni Inkhundla Returning Officer, Mkhululi Mamba, announced that the minister amassed 656 votes and was closely followed by Mavalane Malaza who was voted for by 408 people.
Out of the total number of aspiring MPs who were voted for at all seven Chiefdoms under the Ndzingeni Inkhundla, the minister was the only aspiring MP who amassed over 600 votes.

The second highest after Dlamini was Ebulandzeni MP nominee, Jeremiah Ndwandwe, who made it through to the next stage of the 2013 General Elections by 568 votes.
Ndwandwe was closely followed by former Ndzingeni MP Dumisani Maphanga with 507 votes. The 53-year-old Maphanga served as MP from 1998 to 2003.

MP nominees who amassed the lowest number of votes were Thabsile Mhlanga and Cebile Mabuza who only received two votes.
Another nominee who received the least votes was Sarah Dlamini, who only managed to amass four votes.
Notably, all three MP nominees who received the lowest number of votes were women.

The poor voting turnout in favour of women was despite the numerous campaigns and laws that were enacted to encourage the electorate to vote for women.
At regional level, a number of countries, including Swaziland, even adopted and ratified the SADC Policy on Gender Development which stipulates that women should form 50 per cent of leaders in political and decisive positions.


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