17 Jan 2006

Solomons Women's Council rules out screening female election candidates

5:12 pm on 17 January 2006

The Solomon Islands National Council of Women says it will not be screening any women contesting this year's election.

The suggestion to check female candidates has been raised in the local media several times.

But the council's secretary, Ella Kauhue, says the idea violates the democratic rights of those who wish to stand.

"Some people are expecting the National council of women to screen women candidates that we are supporting, but as I stated, it is against the rights of individuals who want to run for the national elections. I see this screening as if we are only screening females and not males, it is discriminatory."

Ms Kauhue says 15 women are planning to stand at the election expected to be held in March.