No women elected in Tonga: time to change the story

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November 24, 2021

No women elected in Tonga: time to change the story

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The last four elections in Tonga have never resulted in more than 8% female representation in parliament, and often, as this time, it has been zero. We need significant change. We must aim for at least 30% or more by taking legislative action.Solomon Time

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.

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Author: 
Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki
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The Solomon Times
Publication year: 
2021
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