TWENTY-ONE challengers, including two women, have registered to contest against incumbent Gazelle MP and Health Jelta Wong in general election.
The two women are Theonila Wat (Advanced PNG Party) and Independent Kathleen Midal Kunai.
Theonila said every woman had the right to contest in general election because it was their democratic right.
“Parliament belongs to both genders and nothing will stop us from contesting,” the nurse, who retired in 2016, said.
“Leadership is in-built in every individual, and the country needs women to balance decision-makings.
“We keep on emphasising on gender equality but it is time we consider women as leaders as well.”
Gazelle election returning officer John Wartovo said it was heartening to see candidates and supporters behaving themselves during nominations.
“It is a good sign moving forward,” he said.
“The first week of nominations went very well.
“Every candidate did a good job on filling and submitting their nomination forms.
“It makes our job easier and fast to accept the nominations.”
Meanwhile, Kokopo registered 19 candidates, Rabaul eight and Pomio five.
More nominations are expected to be submitted this week.
The National / PNG Health Watch
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