WITH only three women currently in parliament out of 111 MPs, an intending candidate for Central Province, Rufina Peter, says she believes more women in the House will reduce political corruption.
"I think having more women in politics and in parliament will be a start towards minimising or reducing the levels of corruption in government,” Rufina Peter said.
“Female politicians will be more concerned about being transparent and to hold leaders to account for certain decisions that they make while holding public office."
The intending candidate for the Gumine Open, Dr Susan Apa, says women possess the qualities needed for transparent governance.
"In women in general there is a straight and in-built character to be good managers in the home and to ensure that the people who are entrusted to care for, they are usually getting the kind of services that they are supposed to,” she said.
“With that kind of service provision and accountability - women can take that into parliament, that can be done."
Fifty women from over 200 applicants were chosen to take part in a Practice Parliament sponsored by the UN Development Program.
The UNDP's Julie Bukikun said the success of the Practice Parliament will be measured by the number of women elected to public office.