People First Party leader and Yangoru Saussia MP, Richard Maru said imagine a society without women and girls. That society will be no more. Maru made these remarks when announcing the endorsement of Kessy Sawang who will be contesting Rai Coast Open and Lucy Siki Aiya who will be contesting the Kavieng Open Seat. Both women contested in 2017 National Elections finishing third and sixth respectively.
Ms Sawang’s professional experiences are in Tax/Revenue Policy And Adminstration as former Deputy Commissioner of PNG Customs and Head of Tax Review at the Treasury Department. For Ms Siki Aiya, she is involved in the private sector being an SME Owner herself. Their experiences are in line with the party’s vision which is to see Papua New Guinea become economically independent and self reliant by 2032.
Maru said PFP is a small party recently re-activated after 10 years of dormancy. “Our aim is to have our foot in the door in 2022 by bringing home two women candidates who we think have chances of winning,” Maru said.