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Penang’s women lead local democracy

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A unique electoral exercise in Penang state, promoting participatory and gender-responsive decision-making at the grassroots level, may serve as a cue for the revival of local elections in Malaysia, writes Anil Netto.

A child casts his vote as an election observer monitors the process
A child casts his vote as an election observer monitors the process

Over three consecutive days, ending 23 September, low-income residents of high-rise flats on River Road, Penang Island, cast ‘ballots’ to compellingly indicate to planners their priorities.

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