The president of Women Against Crime and Corruption, Jenny Ligo said that it is better for women to have their political party. Ms Ligo made to comments after she found that it will be difficult for them to contest this snap election. She said that women don’t have money to stand as candidate but current political parties have finance. Ms Ligo said that it is very hard for women to contest in the current political although they are active members. She said that it is better for women to form their own political party to enable them easy access to contest an election. Few months ago, women in Port Vila gathered at VNPF building in attempt to raise the funds for the money to help women candidates in Port Vila constituency and in the islands without knowing that president is going to dissolve the parliament. Now that there are only 18 days left, it will be very difficult for them to raise the money to cover expenses of female candidates throughout the country. Ms Ligo said women are not contesting snap election because of the failure to grant them temporary measures. They have written a letter to the government to give temporary measures for this year’s general election. Temporary measures consist to allocate seats to the women in the constituencies where there are more than two seats. For example in constituencies that there are four seats, two seats will be given to women. In 2020 general election, there should permanent system for the women to stand as candidates in the election. During their meeting at VNPF building, they were opting for party list system.
During 2012 general election there were 10 women who contested the election but no one managed to become Member of Parliament. VNPF building meeting heard that the main problem of women during last general election was the lack financial support.