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PIOs in Fiji election fray

Monika Raghwan of Fiji Labour Party and Priscilla Singh of National Federation Party are contesting in May polls.

india Updated: May 04, 2006 14:04 IST

Two Indo-Fijian women candidates contesting in this month's general elections in Fiji have said that it was time Fiji had a woman as Prime Minister.

Monika Raghwan of the Fiji Labour Party (FLP) and Priscilla Singh of the National Federation Party (NFP) were quoted by as saying that since women made up half of Fiji's population, they have a right in the decision making process as well.

Fiji goes to the polls from May 6 to 13. While Raghwan is standing from the Samabula/Tamavua Open constituency, Singh is contesting the Nasinu/Rewa Open seat.

Claiming that women play many different roles in the society, Singh said that the choice of a woman prime minister would be beneficial for the country.

She was also quoted as saying that if NFP won this time, 30 percent of the seats in parliament would be reserved for women.

Raghwan supported the idea and said: "There is no problem to have a woman PM. If the constitution allows that, I don't see why we can't allow it for ourselves."

First Published: May 04, 2006 13:59 IST