This was the call by Opposition Leader Don Polye.
Parliament will nominate a new Governor-General this month as Sir Michael Ogio’s term expires after six years.
Polye said the country needs good leadership models for the people to follow and requires a mature, experienced person whose legitimacy and honest concern for the nation is known.
He said the office of the Governor-General should go to a mature person who has been a good role model in running the country, has experience in national leadership, trusted and respected by people.
“The Governor-General needs to be seen as politically neutral when making decisions during a national crisis,” stated the Opposition Leader.
“The person must be able to effectively run the country whether in law courts, church, public and community service, a constitutional office or through NGOs and community-based organisations.
“If a female unites experience in national leadership, a national reputation for honesty, commitment and discipline, she should be a candidate.”
Polye added that the new Governor-General should also be healthy and fit.
The Opposition already has female candidates in mind to nominate for the Governor-General post.