First Woman Put Forward as SGP Candidate
THE HAGUE, 22/08/13 - For the first time, a woman candidate has made herself available as a candidate in elections for the smallest Christian party SGP. The 40 year old Lilian Janse wants to be frontrunner for the party in the local elections in Vlissingen.
The SGP executive in Vlissingen have put Janse forward as front-runner for the local elections next year. The members of the SGP branch still have to give their views on her candidacy.
As far as is known, this is the first time that a woman has come forward who wants to enter politics for the SGP. Until recently, this was impossible, but the Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that the SGP was no longer allowed to actively exclude women from the electoral list. The verdict was ratified by the European Court for Human Rights in March this year.
A member of the party executive in Vlissingen says six men were first approached for the function, but the did not want it. When he told his daughter Lilian Janse this, she said: “Then I will do it.”