Browne, who is the leader of the Demo Party, said on Tuesday at the 2018 General Election campaign launch at Maire Nui Park that it was all about the party’s gender equality policy.
“I’ve been promoting women for a long time, and I think this year we have seven women that are standing. It’s all about our policy for gender equality, and that’s what we’re encouraging,” Browne said.
“The Democratic Party is saying ‘yes, look at us, that we have an increased number of women’, and we ask the voters out there to support the Demo party.”
She said she was also encouraged by the mix of youth and seasoned politicians, and said each candidate standing for the party is there because that was what their constituency wanted.
“We need to understand with the Democratic Party that the decision as to who is the candidate is for the constituency. We do not interfere with the constituency decision.”
In her election race in her home island of Rakahanga against incumbent Toka Hagai, she said that she wanted to stay away from “dirty” politics.
“Because my opponent, we’re family. It’s such a small island, so we can’t afford to be nasty to each other,” she explained.
“At the end of the day, may the best person win.” RAPPA nominee Dr Teina Rongo, who was involved in the development of the Demo policy, said that he saw a big future for the party.
“I see a big future, especially in terms of environmental concerns, and also the management of our resources. There’s a lot of focus on that from our party, and I’m fully behind this,” Rongo said. “That’s what made me want to run again. I see that there is a need to focus on our people, who are the focus of our party.”
Rongo ran in last year’s by-election against the present internal affairs minister Albert Nicholas, who switched from the Demo party to the Cook Islands Party. Rongo described contesting the by-election as an “eye-opener”, and claimed he was tougher from the experience.