By Esau J. Farr
MONROVIA-A Representative Aspirant of Bong County Electoral District # five (5) says she will push women’s issues if given the opportunity to be elected.
Madam Nyamah A. Kollie said the low representation of women in the Legislature is seriously crippling the passage of legislation that have greater benefits for women across the country.
She said she has observed with grave concern that the delays in passing key legislation meant to empower women or affect them positively have been as a result of low female representation at both the House of Representatives and the Liberian Senate.
According to her, it is from that background that her people have petitioned her to go and represent them at the Legislature in the ensuing 2023 Legislative and Presidential Elections in October.
“You see, I feel for the few women at the Legislature who are struggling to push issues affecting women generally in Liberia; they are not many, and because of low representation, their male counterparts most of the times over-ride through the voting processes since decisions are finalized at the Legislature through a system of voting,” the tough-talking youthful aspirant said.
“You see, let me narrow it down to my county, Bong; Bong County has seven electoral districts, but only one is occupied by a woman and that is Representative Moima Briggs-Mensah of District number six. So, I want to go in the house and be added unto her and other new faces that will come out victorious like me for us to jointly help in encouraging and convincing our male counterparts to help for the swift passage of important legislations meant to empower women and girls,” Madam Kollie explained.
Lone female aspirant so far in the district said with the quest of the people of District five in Bong County, she is hungry to do and initiate developmental activities in her district if given the chance to be a member of the upcoming 55th Legislature of Liberia by 2024.
“You can trust me that with the help of others, I am going to do more if only I am given the opportunity to serve my people. We are not there yet, despite that, we have been doing other remarkable and helpful things in the district ever since,” Madam Kollie disclosed.
She explained that she has been doing some interventions in the educational area, the opening of farm-to-market roads, women empowerment, and others far before the 2023 Elections set in.
Madam Killoe is the daughter of former Bong County Senatorial candidate, J. Mark Kollie in the 2011 Senatorial Election.