News from the Region
Women shy away from Bougainville Presidential seat
By Aloysius Laukai
Women of Bougainville have decided to leave the Presidential seat to the men of Bougainville despite all the campaigns to challenge men at the 2015 ABG General elections.
As of the Close of nominations for the ABG General Elections only nine men have nominated for the Presidential seat whilst more women have registered for individual constituencies with no one vying for Bougainville’s top post.
In North Bougainville, Ten women have nominated for the North Bougainville women’s reserved seat to challenge sitting member, ELIZABETH BURAIN who has visited and supported women in all the Constituencies of North Bougainville.
Other women have nominated for the constituencies such as, HONA HOLAN the President of the Bougainville Women’s Federation.
MS. HOLAN has nominated for the HAKU constituency whilst REGINA TSIKOA is contesting the HAGOGOHE seat, SCHOLASTICA MIRIORI is contesting the TSITALATO seat, JOSEPHINE GETSI is contesting the Peit constituency and CICELY LIOTS KEKUN is eying the TONSU seat.
Other women have nominated for the individual seats on mainland Bougainville and their names would be available to us by tomorrow.
In the 2010 ABG General Elections the former ABG member representing the women of Central Bougainville, MAGDALEN TOROANSI contested the Presidential seat which was won by Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS.