BY GEORGE MANFORD
THE Malaita Provincial Council Women (MPCW) has yesterday elected its new president and executive.
She is Martha Rurai, the former vice president of the MPCW from 2015 to 2018.
The presidency election has been contested by three candidates.
She polled 54 votes ahead of Alice Teioli with 44 votes, while Relmah Geli polled 9 votes.
A total of 107 women took part in the voting process.
Mrs Rurai is an experienced woman in the leadership role, having worked with other women’s group in the church and private sectors.
She was first joined and took up leadership with the Mothers Union (MU) worldwide organisation under the Anglican diocese of Malaita as a Mother’s Union worker from 2002 to 2011.
Her work as a MU worker dealt mainly with issues concerning women around Malaita and around the world and even attending the highest conferences in England representing the MU of the Anglican diocese of Malaita.
Rurai then joined the MPCW in 2011 and was elected the first president of Malaita council of women.
In 2015 she was elected as vice president; and in 2018 she is elected once more to take up the presidency post for the second time in three consecutive AGM meetings.
The MPCW elected members are, president, Mrs Martha Rurai, vice president Mrs Relmah Geli, Secretary Mrs Jessie Sogote’e, and Treasurer Janet Lulu, ordinary members Lily Lufi, Cathy Pearson and Alice Teioli.
The election took place at the malaita women’s centre during its 3rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) which ended yesterday.