By: L.N. Reklai
July 21, 2016 (Koror) To date, 6 women have publicly expressed their intentions to run for national congress this coming general election in November. Three are rumored to run but have not publicly expressed their intentions. With August 3 deadline for filing approaching, more are expected to file their candidacy.
Former Minister of MCCA, Tina Rehuher-Marugg has declared her interest to run for Senate in the 2016 general election. Joanne Risong Tarkong, former Assistant Coordinator for the Office of the President and business woman, have also declared her intention to also run for Senate. Rebecca Sebalt, manager for WCTC hotels has filed her candidacy for Senate. Current Senator Uduch Sengebau-Senior has also filed for Senate seat. Former Governor of Airai State Vicky Kanai has declared to run for delegate of Airai State and Portia Franz, former Managing Director of EQPB have declared her intention to run for position of Ngeremlengui State delegate.
Three more are rumored to run but no official declaration has been made. Two women contenders are possible challengers for delegates of Ngarchelong and Ngardmau States. Lily Ulitech forNgarchelong State and Tiare Holms for Ngardmau State. Another rumored contender for the Senate is the former Senator Mesebeluu.
For the highest office, the Office of the President, out of now 4 candidates, the one woman contender is the current Senator and former Vice President Sandra Pierrantozzi.
This year may see the highest turnout in number of women candidates running for national congress since this government was established in 1980. This year too has seen many women running and getting into elected offices in the State governments. Hatohobei State Government is leading with two top offices filled by women, the Office of Governor and Lieutenant Governor. Also 3 out their 9 legislators are women. [/restrict]