Thursday, 5 March 2009 7:04 AM

Parliament Resumes Sitting Today, May Debate Integrity Bill Report

The national parliament resumes its current sitting today.

The House went into recess in December, to allow members to be with their families and voters over the festive season.

The suspension last December, instead of an adjournment was requested in a special motion moved by Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua.

Parliament is expected to debate a report on the proposed Political Parties Integrity Bill.

The report on the proposed Political Parties Integrity Bill contains the findings of a government's working committee.

The working committee collected the information from two consultation meetings held in the capital Honiara, plus a visit to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea last year.

John Keniapisia, the Special Secretary to Prime Minister was quoted as saying that the white paper aims to achieve political stability, integrity and Development of Parties, and stop Parliamentarians crossing the floor at their own will.

Mr Keniapisia says if parliament passes the white paper, his committee will work on proposing a bill.


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