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Unsuccessful Candidate Seeks Support For Vanuatu Election Challenge
Women’s leaders asked to contribute to legal fund

By Anita Roberts

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Nov. 9, 2012) – Outspoken Port Vila Independent female Candidate, Jenny Ligo, is asking the support of the national women leaders to contribute Vt25, 000 towards securing a lawyer to take their case of alleged bribery by candidates to court.

The failed candidate is joining the other failed male candidates in this general election to prepare constitutional and criminal applications to challenge the electoral office in court.

"As national women leaders of the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), we must agree to fight corruption," she urged.

She described the unsuccessful results by women in this general election as a slap in the face for Vanuatu women.

According to unofficial results out of the 10 female candidates who contested the election this year, none was successful. She said women leaders did not gain the support from communities and women as expected, though it is a fact that women would make a change in this election.

She also stated it is very clear women have no involvement in any corruptible practices but called for justice to prevail and a transparent Electoral Office during times of election.

Mrs Ligo thanked the members for voting for women and encouraged women leaders to be good agents for good governance despite hearing reports of electoral fraud.

The Port Vila candidate along with 35 failed candidates have signed a petition to challenge the Electoral Office for its handling of the election this year after suspicions of electoral fraud and other related electoral offences on October 30.

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