Delilah Gore becomes first woman in new PNG Parliament

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22nd July, 2012

By Elliot Raphael / Barthy Ewada (Popondetta) –  Source: PNG NBC

Sohe District in the Northern province, has provided Papua New Guinea, the first woman political leader, for the ninth Parliament.

She is Dellilah Pueka Gore, who polled strongly during the early count, and maintained the lead until the final elimination today.

Interestingly Gore, a former public servant, beat her former boss, and sitting Member, Anthony Nene.

Gore, a Triumph Heritage Empowerment Party candidate, is among a group of women, who are giving men candidates, a run for their money, in this national election.

It’s too early predict how she’ll perform in Parliament, but for the start, she’s filled in a huge gap, left vacant by former Member for Moresby South, Dame Carol Kidu’s retirement.

She polled 6105 to runner up Henry Amuli’s 4112 votes.

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Listen to Radio Australia (Tok Pisin) Interview: First woman elected in PNG polls

Updated July 22, 2012 19:12:04
A member of the Triumph Heritage Empowerment Party has become the first female candidate to be elected in Papua New Guinea’s general election.
Delilah Gore has been declared the winner of the Sohe Open seat in Oro Province after winning more than 6,000 votes. Ms Gore has told Radio Australia she’s been campaigning for six months with a strong focus on the empowerment of women.
This interview is in English and Tok Pisin
Source: Australia Network News | Duration: 6min 20sec

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