The political contest for the House of Representatives in the upcoming presidential and representative elections is gaining momentum on a daily basis with women vowing not to neglect their ability to lead their constituencies.
To gear up for the race, 50 female aspirants mainly from Montserrado County over the weekend benefited from a capacity building workshop organized by the Liberia Female Law Enforcement Association (LIFLEA) at a resort in Paynesville and funded by Kvinna till Kvinna, a Swedish-based NGO operating in Liberia and other parts of the world.
The workshop was conducted under the theme, “Increasing women’s participation in political and peacebuilding processes.” LIFLEA Deputy National Coordinator Madam Betty B. Broh expressed confidence that the women aspirants will make a significant impact in the October electoral process.
“We believe that these women are capable of providing the needed representation for their respective constituencies. They are already doing so in their various communities and districts at large,” Madam Broh said.
The Constitution of Liberia guarantees every mature citizen, including women, the right to play a part in the political system either by vying to govern or accepting to be governed, she said, adding that women’s participation in political affairs by contesting for elected positions is a must.
“Centuries ago, women were in the back seats, waiting for men to decide even the fate of their existence. Now, it is the time for us to work alongside our male counterparts so they too will be able to understand that we have a lot more positive things to contribute to the reconstruction of our broken systems,” Madam Broh pointed stated.
Meanwhile, the daughter of the late Representative Saah Moses Tandapolie of District #11, Montserrado County, Siah J. Tandapolie, announced her candidacy for the representative seat in the district to fulfill the dream of her late father for the people of the district.
“The people of District #11 believe in the ability of my family to provide them proper representation in government, because my late father laid the foundation,” Ms. Tandapolie told the women.
She spoke of her preparedness to face both male and female opponents, promising to defeat them at the poll.
Tandapolie was confident that the district residents will “blow her political trumpet,” because of what her father did and because she is following in his footsteps.
“My people will tell you more about my personal life changing initiatives where I have provided electricity to schools and homes in the district with no cost attached,” she said.
She has meanwhile called on all eligible voters in the district to turn out for the voter registration exercise and should in no way sell their VR cards for any amount.
Another female aspirant of Montserrado District #2, Rev. Sawonie H. J. Mombo, said she is in the race to unseat the incumbent Sekou Konneh, “because he has failed to justify why the people of the district elected him in 2011.”
Other aspirants who spoke of their quests to take over the mantles of their districts’ leaderships were Madam Grace B. Yates of Montserrado District #9; Mrs. Pauline W. Nyanford of Montserrado District #11; and Dehkontee D. Sheriff of Montserrado District #2.