02nd November, 2012
None of the 10 women who contested the Vanuatu national election on Tuesday have succeeded in winning a seat. The country’s electoral commission won’t announce the final results until next week, but according to unofficial counts none of the 52 seats in parliament will go to a female candidate.
“It’s to do with the system in place, it’s to do with the time frame of the campaign, it’s to do with how people look at it, and it’s to do again with competing with heavyweights in Port Vila alone.” Ms Ligo also accused the country’s Department of Women and church leaders of not doing enough to change the situation. Both she and Ms Kaltonga have vowed to come up with new strategies in time for the next election in 2016. A record 346 candidates from 32 parties contested this year’s election.
Radio Australia via Solomon Star News