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Women Candidates To Discuss Vanuatu Elections Losses
Leaders plan talks to discuss political roadmap for women

By Godwin Ligo

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Nov. 20, 2012) – All women candidates who did not make it to parliament in Vanuatu’s 2012 general election will converge in Port Vila on November 29 which is Unity Day to review why none of the 17 women who stood in the recent elections never made it to the national parliament.

The five candidates that contested in the Port Vila constituency have already liaised with other women candidates in the rural constituencies to come together, review and look at the political strategies and platform that will enable fair Vanuatu women representation in parliament. Candidates in rural constituencies have agreed to be in Port Vila on November 29 to be part of the discussions.

In the meantime, Daily Post understands that the five failed women candidates in the Port Vila constituency which includes; Hilda Lini, Wendy Himford, Maryan Bani, Jenny Ligo and Letty Kaltonga have had series of discussions already including plans for the November 29 dialogue with other women candidates from 16 other constituencies in Vanuatu.

In a meeting in Port Vila earlier last week, the five women who contested in the Port Vila constituency revealed that one of the options that they are considering is to file only one female candidate in Port Vila if the failed candidate’s court petitions on civil, constitutional and criminal activities during the recent elections is won by the 32 failed candidates in Port Vila.

The women politicians will also be inviting leaders from all sectors of the Vanuatu community to be present and give their views on political strategies and platform that will enable fair representation of women candidates to become MPs.

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