By ‘Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki
As in 2008, 2010 and 2014, none of the female candidates standing in Tonga’s 2021 general election were successful.
Out of a total of 38,500 votes, 34,198 were cast for the male candidates and only 4,352 were cast for the 12 female candidates, down from 14% of total votes in 2017 to 11% in 2021. The only female MP incumbent running, Losaline Ma’asi, did not make it for a second term. At the 2017 snap elections she won 35% (1,034) of the total number of votes in her constituency Tongatapu 5. Yesterday, she won only 23% (614).
Click here to read the full article published by Solomon Times on 22 November 2021.