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‘Nation needs men and women working together’

By Ednal Palmer

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Aug. 28, 2008) - At the close of nominations for the East Honiara by-elections Tuesday, Delma Nori found herself up against 25 male contenders.

But Ms. Nori is not new to such contest.

In fact, this would be her third time round to contest the national elections. Previously, she contested the Renbel and Central Honiara seats. She lost on both occasions.

This time though, she’s banking on the support of women and youth.

"A home is only complete and balance if there’s a mother," she said yesterday. "I want to be that mother in our national home -- the parliament," Nori said.

She said she’s taking the interest of women, youths and children to parliament. "For the last 30 years, our parliament was occupied by men alone.

"But look at our situation today, people are struggling to survive. Let’s put some women up there because our nation needs men and women to work together," she said.

Nori promised women of East Honiara will get 50 percent of the Rural Constituency Development Fund if she gets into parliament.

The by-elections for East Honiara and Lau Baelelea will be held on September 23.

A total of 43 candidates will contest the two by-elections.

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