The National, Monday July 22nd, 2013
TWO women have been declared presidents of their respective local level governments in East New Britain.
The two are Sarah Marumin the Reimber/Livuan LLG and Elizabeth Malori for the Central Gazelle LLG.
Malori beat her 18 male rivals by polling 1,435 votes.
In the Reimber/Livuan LLG, the battle was between Marum and Anasain Zao, both teachers by profession.
However, the final progressive total saw Marum collecting 1,633 votes while Zao could only muster 1,556.
Both Marum and Zao were ward councillors in their respective wards and decided to contest the president’s seats.
Marum, 47, from Totovel village and a mother of three, started her career as a primary school teacher in 1983. She resigned in 2003 because of her husband’s ill health. She became councillor in 2007.
“With my experience as a councillor, I see that my LLG with its 39 wards needs services and the people’s mindsets need to change to help bring about change,” Marum said.
“My vision for Reimber/Livuan includes rural electrification that will hopefully see more improvements in the health and education sectors and churches, establishment of ward development committees.
Marum said youths and women must see improvement at village level to alleviate poverty and eradicate law and order problems.
She said her husband had been very supportive of her endeavours reciprocating her love and care for him when he was very ill.
“As president-elect, the reserved seat for women bill was good and can only be made possible by the Lord Almighty and support from men to their wives and womenfolk so they are able to share their knowledge.”