For the first time, Vanuatu is seeing a total of 11 female candidates contesting in the 2017 four Provincial Elections.

The 11 female candidates are running in three Provinces of Penama, Shefa and Tafea while there is no female candidate contesting in Malampa Province.

A Women’s Advocacy Group, providing a voluntary coalition role in Vanuatu, told the Daily Post that they are pleased to note such a large number of women politicians contesting in the provincial elections for the first time in Vanuatu’s history.

Because of the electoral elections rule that ban political campaigns after midnight last night, the Women’s Advocacy Group say they cannot disclose which political parties the 11 female candidates are contesting their tickets, but simply state their appreciation to witness such a large number of female politicians contesting the provincial elections.

The Group said it is always healthy when both male and female participate at the highest political level decision making processes of the nation. They added that it is up to the population to choose a male or female candidate but they all they wish to express that this is the number highest number of female coming on the political scene.

They say, that they wish both female and male candidates all the best in the four provincial elections taking place on March 23rd and their hope is that one day the country does not necessarily have to have reserved seats in parliament for example, once the whole population of Vanuatu comes to realize the importance of having both female and male politicians taking on the importance of decision making roles in all highest political offices in the country from parliament downward.

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