Tebbutt-Times Poll: Fiji ready for a female leader

AOG women attend the Women's Fellowship Rally for the Macuata Division last week. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

FIJI is ready for a female leader.

With elections looming, the latest Tebbutt-Times Poll has found that gender is not an obstacle when it comes to who should be the prime minister.

A resounding 70 per cent of those polled said “yes” to the question of whether Fiji was ready for a female PM and this was across genders, ethnicities, age groups, geographic divisions, and in both urban and rural locations.

And the most popular choice for prospective female prime minister was Rewa chief and the Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa who received 49 per cent support.

The poll did not have a list of selected candidates, those polled were instead given the freedom to name the female they thought was most suitable or qualified for the position.

SODELPA provisional candidate Lynda Tabuya was the second choice with 14 per cent while the Minister for Health in the FijiFirst-led Government, Rosy Akbar, was third with 13 per cent support.

NFP provisional candidate Lenora Qereqeretabua placed fourth at 8 per cent followed by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation in the FijiFirst Government Mereseini Vuniwaqa at 4 per cent.

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